The Grace Card Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 18, 2011
Dragged down by earnest but amateurish performances and an overall Afterschool Special vibe
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
March 1, 2011
Not up to the level of "Facing the Giants" or "Fireproof" but a pretty amazing first try
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 26, 2011
A heartfelt and inspirational drama about the healing power of grace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2521/10
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 26, 2011
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 26, 2011
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
February 25, 2011
A modern morality play offering a satisfying reminder about the real meaning of forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2011
As stiff as it is sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kate Shellnut
Houston Chronicle
February 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 25, 2011
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.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
February 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
February 25, 2011
This is an unpretentious but sincere film with quiet power, and its final scenes are moving and inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2011
Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
February 25, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 25, 2011
The movie amounts to a cinematic sermon that, like many of those given in houses of worship, has a good-hearted message that will be difficult to deliver to a snoozing audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 25, 2011
The latest in the market-a-movie-to-churches trend, "The Grace Card" has the ring of a sermon about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2011
The filmmakers seem more interested in coddling the converted than ministering to sinners.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2011
Such over-the-top emotional extravagance that even Cecil B. DeMille in his silent period might not have been able to get away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
February 24, 2011
The plot twists, involving a shooting, a kidney donation and an 11th-hour apology, are melodramatic even by TV standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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