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My Sister's Keeper


Sara and Brian are living an idyllic life with their young son and daughter when they receive heartbreaking news that leads them to make an unorthodox choice in order to save their child's life.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

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."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how a serious illness can change a family's dynamics. Does the movie accurately portray a family in distress? Does it find any bright side in a very sad story? How do movies generally depict terminal illnesses? Is this one any different?
  • Families can also discuss the consequences of teenage drinking, which the movie touches on briefly.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: My Sister's Keeper takes on a very tough subject, but ultimately it is too soft, too easy, and it dissolves like a tear-soaked tissue.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh: An adaptation that, although departing dramatically from such key elements as the book's ending, will please fans.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh: I found the movie to be really tough and challenging and enjoyable.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, June 29, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Very good movie for such a sad subject.

- Tomassgringo, Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2 stars

A subject that really gets me, but a pretty mediocre film.

- emilebond007, Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3 stars

A Very routine and manipulative tear-jerker thats just worth recommending for some decent performances and a few marginally powerful scenes. MY SISTER'S KEEPER is a decent film, and worth checking out if your in the mood for this type of fluff.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Sunday, January 10, 2010