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Mercy Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Frustratingly uneven...

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

October 4, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I have a problem with movies about men who women cannot resist.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 22, 2010
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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Mercy is a romantic drama with some good qualities -- among them earnestness and strong performances -- but not enough to completely overcome the strain of its clichés.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2010
Mark Peikert
New York Press

There's a frayed romanticism to Caan's script that belies his swaggering air of machismo; this is a man who understands the price of love, even if Johnny can't, or more probably, won't.

Full Review Source: New York Press

May 5, 2010
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Caan's decision to cast real-life pals such as Jane Fonda's son Garity, McDermott and John Boyd (as a blabbering lovesick friend)--not to mention his father--makes sense, but the decision to leave out the heart of his narrative doesn't.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Scott Caan delivers a complex portrait of a womanizing bully with a cream-puff heart.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Scott Caan, of all people, playing a writer of romantic novels?

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

April 30, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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With Glenn offscreen for huge sections of the film, Mercy devolves into yet another navel-gazing drama about a glib cad redeemed by the love of a good woman.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

April 29, 2010
Kam Williams

A sentimental sitdram about whether or not a long-distance liaison between an artist and his worst critic has a fighting chance of blossoming into love.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Caan can't seem to play up his strengths. He's a raw talent who needs an editor for his scripts and a strong hand behind the camera guiding him. Mercy gives our guy neither.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Mercy looks like an Urban Outfitters catalog and plays like A Very Special Episode of Entourage, only sporadically convincing that it's taking such form to mobilize a critique of the same.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Don't let Mercy's title fool you, as there's no clemency here, from cliché or pretentiousness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2010
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Caan's touchingly clueless longing makes Mercy stand out as an adult romantic drama that earns its hankies

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 27, 2010
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

April 30, 2010
Brian Lowry
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February 18, 2012
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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February 17, 2012
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