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Gracie (2007)

tomatometer

60

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 37

Gracie can be rousing and touching in spots, but is ultimately undone by its predictable story arc and a lack of nuance.

54

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 17

Gracie can be rousing and touching in spots, but is ultimately undone by its predictable story arc and a lack of nuance.

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58

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 150,677

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Movie Info

Inspired by the real-life events that followed the untimely 1988 death of William Shue (brother of cast members Elisabeth and Andrew Shue and executive producer John Shue) the feel-good sports drama Gracie unfolds in 1978 New Jersey. 15-year-old Gracie Bowen (newcomer Carly Schroeder) is still reeling from the passing of her brother Johnny (Jesse Lee Soffer), a star player on the high-school soccer team. When Gracie defies nearly everyone's wishes by vowing to replace Johnny under the aegis of

PG-13,

Drama

Karen Janszen, Lisa Marie Peterson

Sep 17, 2007

$2.9M

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (37) | DVD (4)

It's too bad that Gracie's story seems bent on staying on the surface of such familiar turf, rather than digging deeper to reveal what propels her.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Ends up more like a middling after-school special than an insightful look at family dynamics.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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[Actress Schroeder] gives Gracie a credibly rugged edge, building her into a mini-tower of blond ambition and almost rescuing the role from cliché. Almost, but not quite, not when burdened with a script so proudly rooted in uplift's trite traditions.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's a nice film and the Shue family, honestly, they should be proud of what they've done.

June 18, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Gracie is a gentle, easygoing picture -- it's not exactly dramatically gripping, but somehow, its spirit carries it through.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Director Davis Guggenheim's signature combination of emotional restraint and earthy visuals gives Gracie an unexpected grandeur.

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Gritty girl soccer drama with a powerful message.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

When you wake up after napping through this earnest timewaster, you'll feel relieved, but you won't know why. Here's a clue: Gracie can't bend it.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A gutsy performance by Carly Schroeder is the high point of this likeable story about a girl with a dream

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

In addition to Carly Schroeder's performance, the highlights are its honesty, willingness to show real family struggles, and the gradual way Gracie achieves success.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A wholesome female empowerment adventure, and one very likely to resonate with youngsters of both sexes in the pre-teen crowd.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

The movie treats Gracie as a cause rather than an impassioned athlete.

June 25, 2007 Full Review

Bruce Springsteen has even given the film his own rare seal of approval by providing a song for the soundtrack -- something he almost never does. See that? Even the Boss likes Gracie.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Though predictable at virtually every turn and almost relentlessly sentimental, Gracie ultimately establishes itself as a surprisingly moving and compelling story

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Lindsay suggests -- during the inevitable mother-daughter heart-to-heart -- that Gracie persist despite the many odds because Lindsay did not.

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Despite flaws, though, this stirring independent production is remarkable for its honest portrayal of a family grappling with grief and a female taking the penalty kick to score points for gender equity.

June 9, 2007
Palo Alto Weekly

Ultimately, "Gracie" scores as a feminist inspirational sports film.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

This labor of love from the Shue siblings is a better than average sports movie. More than that, it's about a family pulling together to help one member achieve her dream.

June 7, 2007
Christian Science Monitor

Making the team and playing in the big game grab the headlines, but the repaired relationship at the heart of Gracie shows that there are bigger prizes than kicking a ball around a field.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

As labors of love go, this one is harmless enough. It's just not particularly elegant or well-crafted, or even inspiring, to be worth seeking out.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It's made bearable by sincere performances all around...

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Gracie

Nothing special but not bad
April 21, 2010
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This inspired of true one family's story is a score! This moving feel-good story is so emotionally and courage of a 15-year-old girl who vowed to replace his late brother on the high-school soccer team. I found out about this events followed the ultimely 1988 death of William Shue, the brother of cast members Elisabeth and Andrew Shue and executive producer John Shue from Who magazine before watching the movie. They are fans of soccer, that's why, just like Elisabeth should be the one of Gracie's footsteps because she's the only one sister of the Shue family like in this story.
October 23, 2008
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Not by choice: buses in Northern Ontario, you just never know what you're going to get... a great laugh due its combination of melodramatic bad lines, half-baked gender-role commentary and sports movie formula. Do not watch this film... unless you also enjoy gawking at car crashes and the like...
October 16, 2008
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