• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Chase
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 30, 2013
  • Paramount Studios


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Not Fade Away Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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 Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 11, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

May 13, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

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

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

February 28, 2013
Neil Pond
American Profile

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

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 4, 2013
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

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

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 2, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

January 16, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

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 Source: Cinemalogue.com

January 14, 2013
Chris Barsanti

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

January 11, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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 Source: East Bay Express

January 10, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

January 9, 2013
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

January 8, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 7, 2013
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press

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

Full Review Source: Houston Press | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 5, 2013
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 5, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 6/10

January 5, 2013
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2013
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2013
Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman

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

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 4, 2013
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2013
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