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Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) has a personal relationship with breast cancer. Her mother and her sister died of the disease and ultimately she is diagnosed with it too. Naturally affable with an offbeat sense of humor – even in the face of her own mortality, she struggles to hold her family and life together, as her body betrays her. Meanwhile, geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is convinced there is a link between DNA and cancer – even if no one in her profession shares her belief. Against the advice of nearly all of her colleagues, she persists in her research and her dogged pursuit for funding that will lead to the groundbreaking study that will join the two women together. Decoding Annie Parker follows the incredible, irreverent and heartwarming story of how the paths of cancer survivor Annie Parker and geneticist Mary-Claire King intersect. With grace and humor the film chronicles how these remarkable women work to make one of the most important genetic discoveries of the 20th century.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 24
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Tears are shed in "Decoding Annie Parker," but they aren't accompanied by the kind of sad, misty soundtrack music that can leave you feeling used and abused. Instead of jerking tears, the movie edifies.
Fresh: This modest indie with major ambitions is directed by veteran cinematographer Steven Bernstein, making a solid feature debut.
Rotten: Hunt and Morton don't appear onscreen together until the end of the movie, which makes this feel like two projects forced to mingle.
Rotten: [A] well-intentioned, if ultimately underwhelming, ode to the ongoing fight for a cure.
Incredible story, brilliantly acted. Inspiring. Somewhat shocking this film and story haven't received more press.
Sad, however great movie.
The movie dwells on Annie's personal dramas of little import, to amplify her suffering. There's no 'there' there, as a story, which on the facts could have been a great one. Instead, it's a lot of overly-anguished sequences and hand-wavey transitions in the story. The actors--many quite talented--do their best with ridiculous dialog and a go-nowhere story.
Helen Hunt shows up for a few thirty-second spots, and she and all her lab assistants play wooden characters with no meaningful contributions for 90% of the movie. Unless you're a glutton for suffering, skip it. I'd give it -5 stars if I could.