• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shana Feste
    In Theaters:
    Apr 2, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 13, 2010
  • Paladin

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The Greatest Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a passable debut from a relatively promising director...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 24, 2010
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

July 14, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

July 12, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The title is incorrect.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

June 2, 2010
Stephen Silver
The Trend

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

April 18, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

April 16, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2010
Nell Minow

Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B-

April 15, 2010
Dustin Putman

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 Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Rebecca Murray

It could more appropriately be known as just Good with Brief Moments of Absolute Brilliance.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: B-

April 12, 2010
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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 Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2010
Brian Tallerico

A well-performed tearjerker of the kind that mostly transcends its melodramatic set-up to become something genuinely moving.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 9, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 9, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Greatest assembles a good cast in a clunky, shopworn story.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I wish I could say there was a moment in The Greatest that surprised me, but there wasn't.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

April 8, 2010
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