As stiff as it is sincere.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective.
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
"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?
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.
The filmmakers seem more interested in coddling the converted than ministering to sinners.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The plot twists, involving a shooting, a kidney donation and an 11th-hour apology, are melodramatic even by TV standards.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its screenplay is mostly second-rate soap opera and its direction plodding, with many scenes held, awkwardly, longer than they need to be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Steeped in Christian tenets of forgiveness, brotherhood, and prayer, and rife with earnest platitudes about race and family, The Grace Card is one overwrought piece of work.
A low-budget Christian indie that just clears the runway on the sincerity of its performances and inclusiveness of its message.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This Christian-themed domestic melodrama uses race as cheap window dressing for easily digestible bromides and a conclusion as foregone as a Family Circus panel.