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Grace Is Gone Reviews

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S. James Snyder
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2008
Good intentions can only go so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2007
A disappointing and manipulative look at one family's loss in the Iraq war.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 21, 2007
It's the Paul Haggis version of National Lampoon's Vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
This isn't so much a film about picking up the pieces after a tragedy, but instead an extended story of the pieces that fell...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
The power of the ending comes from the inherent pain of loss, but it's no feat to recognize how emotional this would be, to tell us it's coming and to dangle it in front of us for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
December 7, 2007
Cusack deserves high praise for his terrific work as an emotionally cold man suddenly devastated by grief, but this effort is expended on a vehicle that has little going for it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 7, 2007
A barbell of a movie that carries some weight at either end. What's in between is purely utilitarian, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 23, 2007
Screenwriter James C. Strouse makes an able if flat directorial debut with a simple wartime movie that needed more dimension. This is what a movie without subplots looks like.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 14, 2007
There have many films in the last year or so that have dealt with the war in Iraq, but I can't recall one that infuriated me as much as this smugly insufferable soap opera that uses the conflict as an excuse to offer up 90 minutes of muddled mawkishness
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
December 5, 2007
Its saving grace is also its downfall: there is no sappy sentiment, but no emotional pull, either.
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
December 14, 2007
It avoids all deeper issues inherent to its subject matter, choosing instead to simply be a slice of depressing life that you won't want to take.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 8, 2007
...never once feels authentic, its every move calculated...a movie that uses a road trip to express a family's grief is suspect at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 5, 2007
Grace Is Gone grabs on to a name, a war, and the metaphor-come-to-life of a theme park with rides going nowhere. And we, the people, are spun around and shaken for tears.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 18, 2008
The drawn out process in this character vehicle runs on low grade dramatic fuel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
the mood is as overcast as the sky that follows the Phillips' as they head for Florida and the inevitable moment of revelation. Grace Is Gone is a downer worthy of a super-sized box of Kleenex
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
December 7, 2007
A syrupy-sweet, cloying score by Clint Eastwood overwhelms the otherwise elegant simplicity of Strouse's storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
Cusack's climactic confession is heartrending. But too many other moments strain credibility.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
December 27, 2007
A banal weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
January 18, 2008
It's a narrative strategy that neither informs, challenges nor heals.
| Original Score: 1/6
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