Gracie Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Gritty girl soccer drama with a powerful message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
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.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 31, 2008
A gutsy performance by Carly Schroeder is the high point of this likeable story about a girl with a dream
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 17, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 16, 2007
A wholesome female empowerment adventure, and one very likely to resonate with youngsters of both sexes in the pre-teen crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 25, 2007
The movie treats Gracie as a cause rather than an impassioned athlete.
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Ends up more like a middling after-school special than an insightful look at family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 22, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2007
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 22, 2007
Though predictable at virtually every turn and almost relentlessly sentimental, Gracie ultimately establishes itself as a surprisingly moving and compelling story
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
It's a nice film and the Shue family, honestly, they should be proud of what they've done.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
June 9, 2007
Lindsay suggests -- during the inevitable mother-daughter heart-to-heart -- that Gracie persist despite the many odds because Lindsay did not.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
June 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
June 8, 2007
Ultimately, "Gracie" scores as a feminist inspirational sports film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.6/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
June 7, 2007
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.
| Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 5, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 4, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 4, 2007
Gracie is a gentle, easygoing picture -- it's not exactly dramatically gripping, but somehow, its spirit carries it through.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 4, 2007
It's made bearable by sincere performances all around...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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