The Greatest Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
The real surprise is Brosnan's silent, agonized performance; his post-007 career has been one long campaign to prove he's got the goods.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
Although Feste delivers a well-acted, competently directed film with The Greatest, it ultimately lacks the originality that could lift it out of the fog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 24, 2010
...a passable debut from a relatively promising director...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 14, 2010
Even if you want more from a film than a depiction of reality, you'll still appreciate the stars' performances. But you'll find yourself thinking it could have been so much better if rendering grief effectively didn't seem like the only goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 12, 2010
First-time writer-director Shana Feste has made a wise, insightful movie about family, grief, and how awful and how wonderful it is to discover that life goes on after someone you love dies.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 2, 2010
The title is incorrect.
Stephen Silver
The Trend
April 18, 2010
Yet another film that tries to pass off a whole lot of screaming and crying as great acting. This fails especially in Brosnan's big crying scene, in which he audibly squeaks
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 16, 2010
Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 15, 2010
Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 15, 2010
Perhaps the best compliment to give it is that it never comes off as a weepy Lifetime movie. The acting and writing are too good to let that happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 12, 2010
It could more appropriately be known as just Good with Brief Moments of Absolute Brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 9, 2010
Redeemed by its performances, its sporadic, carefully observed moments of truth, and the fact that Feste knows from good drama. The Greatest may be cheesy, but it ain't amateur hour.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 9, 2010
A well-performed tearjerker of the kind that mostly transcends its melodramatic set-up to become something genuinely moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 9, 2010
The Greatest isn't even the best recent movie that stars Susan Sarandon as a woman trying to deal with the death of a child while forced into an awkward relationship with the main squeeze of the dead kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2010
Sarandon and Brosnan are very good, indeed, Brosnan surprisingly so. In fact, Brosnan has never been so opened up, so emotional and yet so precise in his work. It's a lovely performance in a film that only sometimes deserves him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2010
Though it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes than a complete story, some moments are so raw and insightful that they feel like a punch to the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 8, 2010
What makes The Greatest work so well is that Feste clearly remembers what it's like to be 18 and to believe your one chance at joy has passed you by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2010
The Greatest assembles a good cast in a clunky, shopworn story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 8, 2010
I wish I could say there was a moment in The Greatest that surprised me, but there wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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