The Greatest


The Greatest

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It's burdened by a predictable, overly melodramatic story, but The Greatest benefits from strong performances by its talented cast.



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Follows Allen and Grace Brewer, a grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett, in a car crash. When a young woman, Rose, shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett's child, the Brewer's are forced to take her in. At first, Rose's presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.


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  • The real surprise is Brosnan's silent, agonized performance; his post-007 career has been one long campaign to prove he's got the goods.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sarandon and Brosnan are very good, indeed, Brosnan surprisingly so. In fact, Brosnan has never been so opened up, so emotional and yet so precise in his work. It's a lovely performance in a film that only sometimes deserves him.

    Apr 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Though it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes than a complete story, some moments are so raw and insightful that they feel like a punch to the heart.

    Apr 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • What makes The Greatest work so well is that Feste clearly remembers what it's like to be 18 and to believe your one chance at joy has passed you by.

    Apr 8, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Greatest

  • Apr 23, 2011
    The film was so so. It kind of reminded me of movies like Ordinary People and Reign Over Me, just to name a few. I thought the acting was really good. Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, and Carey Mulligan shine in this film. The pacing was off. The style of the film was more like a made for TV movie than a theatrical release movie. I think if Nick Cassavettes would have directed the movie then it would have been much better. Still worth check out, especially for the performances by Brosnan, Sarandon, and Mulligan.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2011
    This was an over-dramatic, over-emotional and an overdone movie in almost all respects. The grieving of the parents for their dead son left no emotional impact, and so was the case with the dead guy's pregnant girlfriend and his brother. However, the execution was such that it almost brought me on the brink of weeping. I'd also like to clarify that I came on the verge of weeping due to the sheer boredom and not due to the effect generated by any of the scenes. The characters were so lame that it left no scope for good performance, so I can't comment on anyone's performance here.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    The Greatest was a small independent movie, showing great deal of painful emotions, and it was presented by a great cast of well known actors, such as Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, and Carey Mulligan. As the story was tragic it showed how these families had to cope with the loss of a son. Only the strong survive as in the end a baby took much of the pain and brought those hurt together. It was worth watching simply because of Pierce Brosnan's realistic portrayal of a man making effort not to cry, but The Greatest also had other good qualities as well. Susan Surandon was in top form and made a perfect portrayal of the grieving mother. The somewhat happy ending was much appreciated relief to an otherwise emotionally tearjerker movie.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2010
    I'm very surprised that this wonderful film about grieving, loss, life and amends didn't get much if any awards, it deserves way better recognition than that. There was some subperb performances from all of the leads that deserved nominations and Carey Mulligan is much better in this film than the overrated An Education because I was beginning to think that she was an overrated actress but she proved me wrong here. Pierce Brosnan and Susan Surandon gave emotional demanding performances and are at the top of their game most notably Brosnan. The story will definitely tug at your heartstrings throughout because it is devastating and you relate to it someway or another and it hits you hard emotionally like it did for me especially if you lost someone that is close to you. It's a shame that it didn't get much of a wide release in theaters or get strong critical reviews because it's a movie that deserves to be seen and appreciated. Overall it's like How To Be meets Juno meets Where The Heart Is but with a stronger more dramatic emotional punch and I strongly recommend it. More of a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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