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Not Fade Away (2012)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 10

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,911

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Movie Info

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

Rating:
R (for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
David Chase
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 30, 2013
Box Office:
$0.6M
Runtime:
Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Not Fade Away

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (32) | 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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Movie Habit

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
American Profile

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

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

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
Scene-Stealers.com

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

Audience Reviews for Not Fade Away

½

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??

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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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Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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.

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Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Jake Bart
Jake Bart

Super Reviewer

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