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The Grace Card (2011)

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35

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 17

Tailored for a very specific audience, The Grace Card delivers its noble religious message via implausible plot twists and preachy dialogue.

14

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

Tailored for a very specific audience, The Grace Card delivers its noble religious message via implausible plot twists and preachy dialogue.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 3,771

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This earnest evangelical drama draws inspiration from the Bible verse Hebrews 4:16 ("We will find grace to help us when we need it") in its tale of a police officer named Bill "Mac" McDonald (Michael Joiner) whose life is shattered (and his faith severely challenged) when he loses his son in a tragic accident. Eighteen years of rage and hostility ensue, marked by rapidly crumbling relationships with his family members and strained relationships on the force. Events reach a fever pitch, however,

PG-13,

Drama, Faith & Spirituality

Howard Klausner

Aug 16, 2011

$2.4M

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As stiff as it is sincere.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Movie goers likely will look over The Grace Card's entertainment value to focus on this simple prescription for how to gracefully love your neighbor.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's OK to put out a movie with a message. But rendering even potentially dramatic stories so inoffensive that they bear no relation to reality makes for middling drama.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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"The Grace Card" is a Christian drama about a racist cop and his gospel-preaching partner who . . . hey, wait a second. Where are you going?

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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Dragged down by earnest but amateurish performances and an overall Afterschool Special vibe

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Not up to the level of "Facing the Giants" or "Fireproof" but a pretty amazing first try

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comment (1)
jackiekcooper.com

A heartfelt and inspirational drama about the healing power of grace, reconciliation and forgiveness.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

This passionate faith-based movie offers moral encouragement and gives people an altruistic goal worth achieving. It deserves to be ranked alongside similar message-driven movies as "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof."

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

...not so much a bad movie as a timid one, in that it fails to fulfill the potential of its honestly not bad script, which raises some difficult questions ... and its denouement, however predictable, is genuinely moving.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A modern morality play offering a satisfying reminder about the real meaning of forgiveness.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: TheLoop21.com
TheLoop21.com

This effort from writer/director David G. Evans gets points for soft-peddling dogma in favor of human stories. And the film benefits from a compelling performance by Michael Joiner, a Kansas City-based stand-up comic who provides a watchable center.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The film is powerful when operating on the personal level of two men working out faith, but disappointing that their story is buried in a heavy-handed, manipulative plot.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

This is an unpretentious but sincere film with quiet power, and its final scenes are moving and inspirational.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
Beliefnet

The latest in the market-a-movie-to-churches trend, "The Grace Card" has the ring of a sermon about it.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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    1. Debra Wright: We all lose sight of the meaning Forgiveness. The Grace Card. shows a deep meaningful part of forgiveness which is Grace. We all need Grace!
    – Submitted by Mindy H (23 months ago)
    1. George Wright: Never underestimate the power of grace.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Blake McDonald: Don't go preacher on me man.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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