One True Thing

One True Thing
One True Thing
  • R
  • 2h 7m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh89%
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Join Academy Award®-winners Meryl Streep and William Hurt, along with Renee Zellweger, for an unforgettable look at the pleasure, pain and ultimate joy of being a family. When crisis confronts Katherine and George Gulden, they turn to their grown daughter, Ellen, for support. An ambitious New York journalist, Ellen at first rejects the idea of returning home. But once there, Ellen embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will change her forever. Uplifting and humorous, One True Thing is filled with the power of genuine passion.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances lift this drama to a higher level.
Time Out

The script shifts audience sympathies about quite adroitly, though it's a pity all the men had to...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.

June 16, 2017
Todd McCarthy

Sensitively written, fluidly directed and expertly acted!

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sad drama probably won't appeal to teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that brief profanity earns this film an R rating, and there are intense and disturbing scenes concerning Kate's illness and euthanasia. The movie probably will not have much appeal for teens, who are seldom ready to consider their parents as fully human, but those who want to see it may come away with a better appreciation for the complexity of relationships and the diversity of accomplishments.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 18, 1998
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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