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75
Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister.
50
Neutralizes these characters, makes them cute and one-dimensional like fluffy dolls.
50
USA Today
Consider The Other Sister emotional quicksand. [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
50
Chicago Tribune
Falls into a familiar trap, resembling a neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily. [26 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
50
Christian Science Monitor
Skillfully acted, idealized, uneven.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The movie is, however, generous in its condescension: Given enough tolerance, cash and a good sex manual, it says, even the mentally handicapped can be just as middle-class and cute as you or me.
50
Attempting to force the story into a romantic comedy template compels Marshall to gloss over the disturbing aspects his characters' disabilities, frequently forcing Ribisi and Lewis to act the part of noble fools.
38
ReelViews
Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
Shameless in its use of mental retardation as a gimmick, a prop and a plot device. Anyone with any knowledge of retardation is likely to find the film offensive.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Still, there's no mistaking the central message: Slow people have much to teach us. Or is it: Slow people -- aren't they funny? Either way, it's pretty vile stuff.
12
It's not the emphasis on tics and grimaces that mars their essentially well-meaning performances, it's the sitcom crassness of director and co-writer Garry Marshall.

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