The Greatest Reviews

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July 18, 2017
[A] paint-by-numbers first feature.
July 14, 2010
Even if you want more from a film than a depiction of reality, you'll still appreciate the stars' performances. But you'll find yourself thinking it could have been so much better if rendering grief effectively didn't seem like the only goal.
June 2, 2010
The title is incorrect.
April 18, 2010
Yet another film that tries to pass off a whole lot of screaming and crying as great acting. This fails especially in Brosnan's big crying scene, in which he audibly squeaks
April 16, 2010
Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.
April 9, 2010
The Greatest isn't even the best recent movie that stars Susan Sarandon as a woman trying to deal with the death of a child while forced into an awkward relationship with the main squeeze of the dead kid.
April 8, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
I wish I could say there was a moment in The Greatest that surprised me, but there wasn't.
April 8, 2010
Do not mistake The Greatest for a movie about Muhammad Ali. And do not think its ambitious title indicates its overall quality.
April 8, 2010
There's some good acting and a few nice moments. But far from being The Greatest, the movie itself is merely middling.
April 8, 2010
It's earnest and grueling and gently contrived, and it lets several good performers play at repressing their feelings before letting them rip in jagged arias of Acting. I wanted to like the movie more than I did; your mileage may vary.
April 8, 2010
The Greatest includes a great performance and a very good one at the center of vagueness and confusion.
April 7, 2010
Although The Greatest is a histrionic mess, at least it looks clean.
April 7, 2010
Overwritten and indifferently directed by first-timer Shana Feste, this bloated TV-movie-of-the-week is more grate than great.
April 6, 2010
Mulligan adds so much with such problematic material she astonishes.
April 2, 2010
The movie suffocates as scene after shouty scene delivers nothing except yet another variant of the notion that it's a bummer to lose a loved one.
April 2, 2010
Dignity dies a million deaths despite the best intentions.
April 2, 2010
Not even the skillful performances of its stars, Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, playing the boy's parents, can cover up the mysterious gaps in continuity of a screenplay whose thudding dialogue spells out every emotion.
April 2, 2010
Sarandon and Brosnan are doing too much capital-A Acting, rather than letting their emotions play out naturally.
April 2, 2010
What a waste of a talented cast!
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