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Go for Sisters

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could ‘go for sisters’. After twenty years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer- just when she needs help on the wrong side of the law.

Actors: Thai Phuong , Don Harvey , Marry Portser , Hilary Barraford , Michael Piznarski , Mahershala Ali , Isaiah Washington , Héctor Elizondo , Edward James Olmos , Yolonda Ross , LisaGay Hamilton
Directors: John Sayles
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-11
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  • Bill Stamets

    This buddy/road film builds tension with its missing person quest in a border-crossing underworld.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Go for Sisters is minor Sayles, and the movie occasionally meanders. But the characters stay with you, particularly Bernice and Fontayne, whose relationship is beautifully transformed over the course of the film.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The film's plot is articulated cleanly, if a bit too plainly at times, but as is so often the case in Sayles' movies, that's not where the director's interest lies. Go for Sisters lacks the epic quilt qualities of such sprawling Sayles pictures as "Lone Star" or "City of Hope," but this seems more a matter of intent than evidence of any sort of failure of vision. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    With the help of Hamilton, Ross and Olmos, sublime actors who radiate grit and grace, Sayles has made Go for Sisters a movie that stays inside your head long after you see it. It's a keeper.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It’s too straightforward, at least in terms of what we’ve come to expect from Sayles.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    John Sayles’ Go For Sisters is his best film in more than a decade, and feels like one he could’ve made in the 1980s. It’s a small picture, simply presented, and exists outside of current trends—which isn’t always to its benefit.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A return to form for John Sayles.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Sayles has always had a gift for female characters, and Go for Sisters features a couple of good ones.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Go for Sisters is writer/director Sayles’ best film in a number of years, and since this icon of the American independent cinema can always be counted on to deliver maverick work, his latest alternative to the mainstream is welcome indeed.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The element that really makes it work — when it does, which is not always — is Edward James Olmos, playing to perfection a weary retired police detective.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    It's a plot that never takes hold, a mystery devoid of suspense... But the actors' unforced chemistry defies the artifice.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    It’s Ross, however, who really makes a lasting impact. Someone should snap her up for a series — and soon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Fear

    The leads’ chemistry and a wonderful pulp weariness that feels straight out of, say, George Pelecanos’s novels makes up for a lot, yet despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema’s foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Go For Sisters is something of a frustration. It’s the least interesting crime caper ever, and there are fascinating characters forced to go through the motions as if any of us could possibly care. Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    It's not bad, but it feels rote, as if the film's events are just an excuse for us to hang with the film's people.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Like too many of Sayles’ films, Go for Sisters seems bound to slip through the cracks, not quite memorable enough to make a lasting impression.

    Variety Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Go For Sisters, like the filmmaker's previous features "Amigo" and "Honeydripper," sustains a feeble premise with richly defined characters and strong performances, yielding an underwhelming but nonetheless sustainable viewing experience.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    There are few enough directors with either Sayles' independent streak or his ability to parse the U.S.'s social and political divisions. In the best cases, the combination of the two makes his films vital. Go For Sisters, unfortunately, isn't the best case, even for itself.

    NPR Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Go For Sisters is worth the time if only to witness the terrific chemistry between Hamilton and Ross, the latter of whom delivers a break-through performance as a woman of uncommon, almost regal, composure, even as she struggles to stay on the righteous path.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Though fitfully entertaining, it lacks the conviction and urgency present in even the weakest of his quasi agit-prop productions.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    As long as Go for Sisters is focused on its characters, it remains on firm ground. But the flimsy detective story draped over them is underdeveloped and too sluggishly paced to take hold.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Weber

    LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross play persuasively embody modern urban feminine strength, but they're eventually stranded in a recycled road movie.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Like much of the later work by writer-director John Sayles, Go For Sisters is overlong, style-less, and dramatically undercooked.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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