My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 2009
Rotten48%
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Is it right to do whatever it takes to save a child's life? Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary, Shrek films) stars as a mother whose daughter is diagnosed with a fatal form of leukemia. In a desperate bid to save the life of her first daughter (Abigail Breslin--Little Miss Sunshine, No Reservations), she bears another daughter--specially conceived and implanted to be an ideal donor for her older sister. Now, 11 years later, that second child has undergone countless invasive procedures, blood donations, bone marrow donations--and now her sister needs a kidney. Is it right for a mother to ask one daughter to sacrifice so much for another? Should a child be able to decide for herself how much she will sacrifice for her sister?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten48%
Critics Consensus: My Sister's Keeper gets fine performances from its adult and child actors, but the director's heavy-handed approach turns a worthy emotional subject into an overly melodramatic tearjerker.
Reviews
Sydney Morning Herald
Giles Hardie
Fresh

The decision to avoid unnecessary sentimentality defines this film, elevating it to a more thought...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Vadim Rizov
Rotten

Diaz is a whiny irrelevance, but sharp supporting work from Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack makes the...

June 21, 2017
Times (UK)
Edward Porter
Rotten

You should consent to having treacle intravenously injected into your system sooner than go to see...

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

My Sister's Keeper becomes a well-heeled weepie in which the family's comfortable existence, despi...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Says
Sad drama has heavy themes about illness, family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tearjerking drama explores some heavy themes that younger audiences may find difficult to process without guidance. A teenager is terminally ill, and her march to the end is painful: She vomits after chemo, her hair and eyebrows fall out, and more. The effects of her illness on her family are are similarly heartbreaking to watch. The film also touches on teenage sexuality and drinking and has some fairly infrequent swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 26, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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