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One True Thing

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Carl Franklin

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About the Movie

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 Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: One True Thing is real enough to be a film you can believe in. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An emotional drama! – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Sensitively written, fluidly directed and expertly acted! – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Fresh: One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

A remarkable film, one of Meryl Streep's best performances

Meryl Streep's performance in this film is one of her finest, but sadly one of her most unrecognized. The film proves to be humorous, uplifting, and sad. Renée Zellweger's performance is also excellent, as she plays the role of daddy's little girl, never being close to her mother as a child. "They started off at different ends of the spectrum", in the words of Streep. The majority of the film, however, shows how both characters gradually become very close. The film also explores complex family and relationship issues that give a great deal of insight to the viewer. The supporting cast, particularly William Hurt, bring much to the film and it benefits greatly from their performances.

Amazing !

Amazing movie, great actors , great ! I love this movie !!!!

One of my favorite movies

Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger are amazing as mother & daughter. The story was told in such a lovely way. There are many tender moments in this movie where you have to have your tissues ready. Great story, great acting, great movie.

One True Thing
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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