• 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

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
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
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
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
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
Rafer Guzman
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A movie that feels at once deeply personal and more than a little confused.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 2, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mostly, Not Fade Away is a hit.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately a disappointment - this is a movie easy to watch and even easier to forget.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 28, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The performances and music are a pleasure, and Chase's affection for the period is palpable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Aiming for a generational statement that encompasses the entire '60s experience, [Chase] turns unexpectedly inept.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Somewhat autobiographical and worth seeing despite its somewhat muffled quality ...

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Chase takes a basement view of the birth of America's '60s rock revolution with his big-screen debut Not Fade Away.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Chase has captured this one for all time. He delivers on the movie's title.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 24, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a "personal" movie that, in some ways, seems impersonal. Everything seems a bit too varnished and staged and overly familiar.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

December 21, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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What makes this movie unique is that it's not just one more story of a band that got big in a hurry.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The acting is OK, but none of the leads has the kind of sizzle that might have turned this into something as special as another film set roughly in the same era, "Diner.''

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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By focusing on musicians who are talented but finally not good or persistent enough to succeed in the big time, "Not Fade Away" offers a poignant, alternative, antiheroic history of the big beat.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

December 20, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Alas, Not Fade Away is far less pungent than the period it attempts to evoke.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 20, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Despite the nostalgia-drenched idealism coursing through it - and a cinematic familiarity to the subject matter - this is not a story that's neatly told or safely predictable.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 20, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Chase ... allows nostalgic feeling to be the sole reason for this, his first feature film.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Painful, and not in a good way.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 20, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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While Not Fade Away is undeniably a mess, it's a loveable kind of mess, where the missteps come from daring, not caution.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2012
David Germain
Associated Press
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If you weren't in a failed band yourself, you know people who were, and Chase's story IS their story, if not in the particulars, then in the spirit and the passion. The music may fade, but what's behind it never does.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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This may color my enthusiasm somewhat. Still, I like to think I was mostly taken in by the wonderful cast and Chase's fond and generous evocation of another time, another place.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Every scene plays with an in-the-moment vividness far removed from nostalgia-laden sentimentality; even the simplest interaction feels like it echoes through eternity.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

December 18, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Chase offers a gritty, graceful salute to rock & roll in his ardent, acutely observed debut that makes him, at 67, a filmmaker to watch.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 18, 2012
Ronnie Scheib
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Not Fade Away injects the past with the nervous energy and exciting uncertainty of the present, devoid of nostalgia or biopic baggage, and infused with all the wicked wit that characterized Chase's The Sopranos.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 17, 2012
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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It's a small gem with a killer rock soundtrack, well worth seeking out amid all the awards-season Sturm und Drang.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
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Feels like a three-part miniseries shoehorned into one nearly-two-hour morsel - there's too much going on in it for anything to have much weight.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 19, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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In his first feature, David Chase returns to the New Jersey suburbs to cast a bittersweet glance back at the rock-fueled restlessness of the Sixties.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 5, 2012
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