Grace Is Gone Reviews

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 19, 2009
Una película intimista, humana y conmovedora, con gran actuación de John Cusack y estupenda banda sonora compuesta por Clint Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 2, 2008
Cusack really steps into the character of the uptight, conservative, grief-stricken Stanley and the little girls who play his daughters are amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 14, 2008
This heartfelt film is a bitter-sweet snapshot of a man and the special relationship he cements with his daughters as he takes them on a spur-of-the-moment road-trip.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
The power of the ending comes from the inherent pain of loss, but it's no feat to recognize how emotional this would be, to tell us it's coming and to dangle it in front of us for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 1, 2008
...packs an emotional wallop that ultimately belies its low-key sensibilities...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2008
Depicts a side of the Iraq war, the American home front, that has been barely touched in other Iraq war movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
the mood is as overcast as the sky that follows the Phillips' as they head for Florida and the inevitable moment of revelation. Grace Is Gone is a downer worthy of a super-sized box of Kleenex
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
This isn't so much a film about picking up the pieces after a tragedy, but instead an extended story of the pieces that fell...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
Despite the strength of the cast (in particular O'Keefe, who's making her film debut here and shows tremendous promise), it's hard to muster much enthusiasm for Grace Is Gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2008
Good intentions can only go so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 24, 2008
Strouse gives the movie an industrial sparseness, which only increases its intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 24, 2008
It makes its points and is more cultural evidence of just how harshly history is likely to judge our ill-fated adventure in the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 18, 2008
The drawn out process in this character vehicle runs on low grade dramatic fuel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
January 18, 2008
It's a narrative strategy that neither informs, challenges nor heals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 17, 2008
This is, most subtly, Grace Is Gone's abiding theme, the ways that overwhelming loss bring into focus what remains, as well as the cultural frameworks by which moral judgments are made.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 13, 2008
For all its good intentions and solid acting, it ends up more maudlin than penetrating.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 4, 2008
[No]matter how much you love [Cusack's] usual snarky schtick, it's wonderful to see him stretch as an artist...
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
Cusack's climactic confession is heartrending. But too many other moments strain credibility.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
December 27, 2007
A banal weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 18, 2007
The perfect maudlin holiday entertainment.
| Original Score: 5/10
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