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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though Mom is ditzy and, at times, irritating, we come to recognize her as the family's most original creative spirit.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A beautifully rich performance by Meryl Streep, [18 September 1998, p. 57]
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Thrown into exalted company, Zellweger easily holds her own in the film's most difficult role.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is not a happy tale, and its ending will have moviegoers reaching for every handkerchief they can find. But its compassion is as clear...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is the craftsmanship that elevates One True Thing above the level of a soaper.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
When we first see Meryl Streep's happy homemaker in One True Thing, she's a domestic dinosaur circa late '80s, a regular mommy monster. [18...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Although the plot rarely excels, the actors bring enough to their roles to transform this motion picture into a satisfying weeper.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In the end, One True Thing suggests, families can be healed even in loss. This may not be a true thing, but at least this emotional drama...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
You may find yourself weeping toward the end, and, later, you may also find yourself wondering why. The revelations are staggeringly...
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even director Carl Franklin, an artful purveyor of sterner stuff in "One False Move" and "Devil in a Blue Dress," can't prevent One True...
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By sfoxh2o
This movie is one of the ones that gives you give if you are insight into their personal lives because it is so real. the characters are huma, flawed...