The Other Sister
The Other Sister (1999)

Twenty-four-year-old Carla Tate is a mentally challenged young woman who has spent several years at a sheltered private boarding school. Now she's coming home to her wealthy parents in northern California who are emotionally… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 26, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Made-for-tv drama evokes anything but real emotion.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Shameless in its use of mental retardation as a gimmick, a prop and a plot device.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

For what is supposed to be a poignant love story, The Other Sister fails to show much spark.

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Jim Judy
Screen It!

Not only is the film way too long, but it often comes across as extremely haphazard with many scenes seeming too random, unattached to the greater picture and/or orphaned midstream.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily!

E! Online

Lewis is terrific!

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Builds toward an emotional crescendo that will fill you with tears, many of joy.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Giovanni Ribisi could be his generation's Dustin Hoffman... he could also be his generation's Richard Benjamin...

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

impresses with its hardy ability to tickle and tear its audience.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Lacks the depth of thought this complex topic deserves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Good acting and even entretaining, but The Other Sister present a strong sentimentalism and an embarrassing way to use the mental problems as a good plot.
jay nixon
How does juliette lewis ever get work?
Kevin M. Williams
The puppet strings are readily apparent in this manipulation by Garry Marshall, but the puppets themselves, Lewis and Ribisi, are charming enough to fill the… More
Michael Gildea
I saw this a few years ago and remember enjoying it. Unfortunately Giovanni Ribisi did such a convincing job playing a handicapable person (compund this with… More
Sajin P A
One of the most pleasant movies made about the mentally retarded people. It had that 'celebration of life' kind of feeling to it. Every time I hear… More
Leigh Ryan
Lewis does a wonderful job.