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Not Fade Away (2012)

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70

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 26

Exuberant and bittersweet, Not Fade Away is a coming-of-age story set to a British Invasion beat that occasionally meanders but mostly charms.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 10

Exuberant and bittersweet, Not Fade Away is a coming-of-age story set to a British Invasion beat that occasionally meanders but mostly charms.

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A music-driven coming of age story set in 1960s suburbia.

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Drama

David Chase

Apr 30, 2013

$0.6M

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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (26) | DVD (3)

The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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There's a nice, pop-in-and-see rhythm to the storytelling. Gandolfini's Pat descends into a rich sadness. There's wry humour to be had with Douglas and his idealizing buddies. Loneliness and longing lounge around together.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Hits notes you thought only Chase's primo Sopranos could reach.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Sopranos creator David Chase returns to New Jersey, but his film loses its way

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

An exhilarating rush of keenly observant, sometimes barbed, occasionally funny and often poignant detail, and all of it feels right.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Unfortunately, Chase's failed group is no more interesting than one you or your friends might have played in.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Beautifully captures the impact of the British rock 'n' roll invasion on young teens in the suburbs (I was there). . .But even with accurate details, the film loses its way.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

While it has a personal feel, the performances are a mixed bag and it too often resorts to nostalgic cliches, especially when the music isn't playing.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

...a rollicking comedy about growing up and striking out

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Not Fade Away is about the imperishable idea of youth and the promise of endless wide-open possibility. Time will always be on its side.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Not Fade Away is intimate, episodic and achingly poignant. It's also woefully insubstantial. Chase has created less of a dramatic narrative and more of an awkwardly paced, formulaic collage.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Good- although I think it would work better as a TV series. I wish there was a season 2.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I don't mean to belittle the memory of an entire decade, except when I do.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

Because its more about intertwining themes than it is about obvious plot and conflict, it has melancholic energy. It revels in the mystery, appreciation, and ultimately creation of art-from a guy who was empowered and inspired by rock himself.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

A wistful, bittersweet remembrance of the emerging '60s counterculture.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Not Fade Away is the greenest film of the new year, recycling '60s cliches with alacrity.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

God save us from boomer nostalgia and its endless idealization of the '60s.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Rock & roll is salvation, rebellion, fun, sex, and the greatest middle finger ever extended by one generation at another. If you actually believe all of that, even a little bit, David Chase's far-from-perfect Not Fade Away is hard to dislike.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's not a great film, but perhaps Chase is the victim of impossibly high expectations.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Audience Reviews for Not Fade Away

Another really good movie, ruined by a sad attempt at an ending. This ending may top all bad endings for me. Otherwise, up to that point it was very enjoyable, with good music, good acting, fun storyline, etc. I would have given it 4 to 4 1/2 stars. David Chase..what were you thinking with this? was that all you could come up with for an ending??
October 20, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Not Fade Away is a trip through the 60s of various clichés. The rock and roll tale is highlighted by some rousing musical numbers and nice period detail. Unfortunately the chronicle isn't particular innovative. It's liberally sprinkles in 60s buzzwords like JFK, the Summer of Love, sexual revolution, civil rights, Vietnam, and Martin Luther King with the depth of someone who skimmed a Wikipedia article on the subject. You've seen this before. It's trivial observations on the life of a teen interested in starting a band is rather generic right down to the disapproval of his reactionary parents. The memoir is unfulfilling. It has its moments, but the narrative kind of meanders with little regard toward the attributes of a plot. Events just occur lacking a traditional story that should rise to a climax and then fall to a satisfying dénouement. That's the only thing about this hackneyed drama that didn't follow the rules.

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January 11, 2013
hobster1

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It is a strange choice to have the main character's little sister narrate the story. Not Fade Away is about a fictional band that never makes it big. As many others have said this movie is filled with cliches, but I think they are overcome by the character driven plot and great classic rock. The young romantic leads played by John Magaro and Bella Heathcote are stand out actors. It is about the connections between 60's rock music, films, tv, and literature really. The movie is successful in capturing the rebellious spirit that inspired many youth of this particular generation. Kids were consuming various media sources. The Rolling Stones, Orson Welles, The Twilight Zone, and college level works of literature influenced their worldviews.
February 6, 2013
hypathio7

Super Reviewer

Full disclosure: this unabashed tribute to the allure of rock n' roll is a bit of a shambles, but it's my kind of shambles. Every fame is richly designed and the soundtrack ranks among the most impressive ever compiled. This is a richly human film that I can already see myself watching many times over.
March 14, 2013
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