• 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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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 Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C

January 4, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 4, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 4, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2013
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 3, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Its rhythms are peculiar, but there's lots of good stuff here.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2013
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