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The Grace Card (2011)



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

Movie Info

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, when Mac gets partnered up in the squad car with Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom), an African-American ordained minister-turned-cop with a loving and supportive family. Despite the many obstacles standing in the way, the men gradually work toward overcoming their differences and helping one another. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Evans, Howard Klausner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2011
Box Office: $2.4M
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


Louis Gossett Jr
as George Wright
Michael Joiner
as Mac McDonald
Cindy Hodge
as Dr. Vines
Rob Erickson
as Blake McDonald
Joy Demichelle Moore
as Sara McDonald
Dawntoya Thomason
as Debra Wright
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News & Interviews for The Grace Card

Critic Reviews for The Grace Card

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14)

As stiff as it is sincere.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

"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?

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Grace Card

This movie was ok. It had bad acting, it was pretty much the same old story about a family falling apart and then reconciling.

Joelle Shafer

My girlfriend heard about this movie at church before it's theatrical release. Because we live in a small city, we had to wait until its DVD release to see it.


One of the critics put it best: This movie was about as interesting as an Afterschool Special. The problem with this, and most "Christian" dramas is that they are decidedly two-demensional, and not the least bit nauanced. As I was watching the plot come down the road from a mile away, it seemed that it would be much more believable if the plot, like life (even a life infused with spirituality and devoted and subsisting with God), had taken an unanticipated turn. The movie would have been much better if the preacher-partner and the rebelious kid had died in the course of the transplant surgery. Then, they, like people in real life, would have expressed the essential Christian realization that this life is a pilgram journey, a vail of tears. This life is like looking in a mirror. We look in the mirror in this lifetime. We see our reflection in the next. Do in this life what you hope to see in the next.

If you want a movie that really reflects the reality and beauty of Christianity, see "Of Gods and Men."

Jeff Lynch

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