• PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James C. Strouse
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 27, 2008
  • The Weinstein Company


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Grace Is Gone Reviews

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S. James Snyder
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Good intentions can only go so far.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A disappointing and manipulative look at one family's loss in the Iraq war.

January 25, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

It's the Paul Haggis version of National Lampoon's Vacation.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 21, 2007
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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 Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

March 4, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2008
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today

Cusack deserves high praise for his terrific work as an emotionally cold man suddenly devastated by grief, but this effort is expended on a vehicle that has little going for it in the first place.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 7, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A barbell of a movie that carries some weight at either end. What's in between is purely utilitarian, though.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2007
Cole Smithey

Screenwriter James C. Strouse makes an able if flat directorial debut with a simple wartime movie that needed more dimension. This is what a movie without subplots looks like.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

November 23, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

There have many films in the last year or so that have dealt with the war in Iraq, but I can't recall one that infuriated me as much as this smugly insufferable soap opera that uses the conflict as an excuse to offer up 90 minutes of muddled mawkishness

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com

December 14, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine

Its saving grace is also its downfall: there is no sappy sentiment, but no emotional pull, either.

December 5, 2007
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

It avoids all deeper issues inherent to its subject matter, choosing instead to simply be a slice of depressing life that you won't want to take.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

December 14, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...never once feels authentic, its every move calculated...a movie that uses a road trip to express a family's grief is suspect at best.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

December 8, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Grace Is Gone grabs on to a name, a war, and the metaphor-come-to-life of a theme park with rides going nowhere. And we, the people, are spun around and shaken for tears.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 5, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The drawn out process in this character vehicle runs on low grade dramatic fuel.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2008
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

March 17, 2008
Marcy Dermansky

A syrupy-sweet, cloying score by Clint Eastwood overwhelms the otherwise elegant simplicity of Strouse's storytelling.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 7, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Cusack's climactic confession is heartrending. But too many other moments strain credibility.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2008
Harvey S. Karten

A banal weepie.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

December 27, 2007
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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It's a narrative strategy that neither informs, challenges nor heals.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

January 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
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Leonard Maltin
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
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