The Greatest Reviews

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January 3, 2011
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.
August 11, 2010
Although Feste delivers a well-acted, competently directed film with The Greatest, it ultimately lacks the originality that could lift it out of the fog.
July 24, 2010
...a passable debut from a relatively promising director...
July 12, 2010
First-time writer-director Shana Feste has made a wise, insightful movie about family, grief, and how awful and how wonderful it is to discover that life goes on after someone you love dies.
April 16, 2010
A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.
April 15, 2010
Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one.
April 15, 2010
Perhaps the best compliment to give it is that it never comes off as a weepy Lifetime movie. The acting and writing are too good to let that happen.
April 12, 2010
It could more appropriately be known as just Good with Brief Moments of Absolute Brilliance.
April 9, 2010
Redeemed by its performances, its sporadic, carefully observed moments of truth, and the fact that Feste knows from good drama. The Greatest may be cheesy, but it ain't amateur hour.
April 9, 2010
A well-performed tearjerker of the kind that mostly transcends its melodramatic set-up to become something genuinely moving.
April 8, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
[Mulligan's] charming performance overcomes the character's clichés and in the process affirms her burgeoning talent.
April 7, 2010
What begins as an extreme portrait in grief develops into a moving account of a family coming to terms with loss.
April 5, 2010
I think that the performances and also the kind of relaxed style of direction kind of make this watchable.
April 5, 2010
Any good actor's career involves a certain amount of toning-up of questionable material, adding dimensions where they're barely suggested on the page. That's what Mulligan is doing here.
April 3, 2010
Emotional realism is captured through small, insightful moments with a stellar cast that lifts it above dealing-with-grief melodrama.
April 2, 2010
The film treads familiar thematic ground, but does so with urgency and genuine emotion.
April 2, 2010
The Greatest is a solid film containing numerous performances worth mention.
April 2, 2010
A moving story of love, loss, hope and renewal.
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