Not Fade Away Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 4, 2013
The story is unfocused and, at times, directionless. Characters disappear.And, the whimsical ending seemingly comes out of nowhere.The best I can do is give "Not Fade Away" a marginal recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 4, 2013
People get high or get cancer or get carried away to mental institutions and hospitals, but we know too little about them to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2013
The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2013
It turns out that even though you can take the boy out of episodic TV, you still can't take him out of New Jersey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 4, 2013
The threat of nuclear annihilation and the potential saving grace of rock and roll are linked at the beginning and end of this movie about 1960s kids negotiating a new kind of life informed by both possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 4, 2013
'Not Fade Away' is as yesterday as eight-track. It works very hard at creating a mood and tempo for an era that is a turning point for most baby boomers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 4, 2013
Fans of great 1960s rock and roll will love the incredible 40 song soundtrack but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 3, 2013
Filled with overly familiar '60s signifiers and narrative dead ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 3, 2013
Chase, who was the ripe old age of 19 when the Beatles first appeared on Sullivan's show, gives this 1960s period film an autobiographical specificity without the baby boomer navel-gazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 3, 2013
There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 3, 2013
A movie that feels at once deeply personal and more than a little confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 3, 2013
Its rhythms are peculiar, but there's lots of good stuff here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 2, 2013
Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
The problem is, nobody told Chase his memories of the '60s and rock'n roll have long been clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 28, 2012
'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Drummer'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 28, 2012
[A] coming-of-age story that's obviously drawn from [Chase's] own experiences as an artistically-minded kid growing up in straight-laced suburban town with a family that didn't really get him.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 2012
Mostly, Not Fade Away is a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2012
Ultimately a disappointment - this is a movie easy to watch and even easier to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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