• R, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    Patrick Hoelck
  • In Theaters:    Apr 30, 2010 Wide
  • On DVD:    Sep 28, 2010
  • IFC Films

Mercy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
July 22, 2010

I have a problem with movies about men who women cannot resist.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
Top Critic
April 27, 2010

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.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
April 30, 2010

Full Review | Original Score: C
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
April 30, 2010

Scott Caan, of all people, playing a writer of romantic novels?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
April 29, 2010

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 | Original Score: C
David Fear
Time Out New York
Top Critic
April 28, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
April 29, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Peikert
New York Press
May 5, 2010

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
April 30, 2010

Scott Caan delivers a complex portrait of a womanizing bully with a cream-puff heart.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 6, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 4, 2010

Frustratingly uneven...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 27, 2010

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

Brian Lowry
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 17, 2012

Screen International
February 18, 2012

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