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.
April 16, 2010
Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.
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 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
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
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 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 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
It's when the small moments become large ones that Feste overreaches and the shaky performances don't bail her out.
April 2, 2010
What a waste of a talented cast!
April 1, 2010
Unfortunately, though its heart is smack in the right place, The Greatest tends to play more like a collection of appropriate, well-acted scenes than as a fully satisfying narrative.
April 1, 2010
A well-observed study of an affluent family's grief and rebirth after a tragic accident.
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