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Grace Is Gone Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2008
Depicts a side of the Iraq war, the American home front, that has been barely touched in other Iraq war movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
Despite the strength of the cast (in particular O'Keefe, who's making her film debut here and shows tremendous promise), it's hard to muster much enthusiasm for Grace Is Gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
Cusack's climactic confession is heartrending. But too many other moments strain credibility.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2007
Not a great movie, simply functional, but Cusack gives a great performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2007
'Grace is Gone' works best in the quiet moments. ... Shelan O'Keefe couldn't be better ... this low-keyed weepie belongs to her.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 10, 2007
This is a very strong and very moving film.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 7, 2007
Grace Is Gone is a small film, but mostly in all the right ways.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 7, 2007
This is a movie that lobs even appropriate criticisms from a safe distance, a flaw its strengths can't overcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2007
In a year that has seen wave after wave of films addressing the war in Iraq with varying degrees of anger and frustration, Grace serves as a gently thoughtful coda and reminder of what continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 6, 2007
A moving and tender family drama, built on the foundation of a serious contemporary issue.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2007
For most of its 85 minutes Grace Is Gone, a small, tender film about contemporary parenthood in wartime, carries off a delicate balancing act.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 6, 2007
Grace Is Gone attempts to address grief frankly, gently, and without didacticism, and it largely succeeds.
| Original Score: B+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 6, 2007
Cusack has never been better; he disappears into his character's repressed skin so utterly, we can barely recognize in him the perky teen heartthrob of Say Anything.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 6, 2007
Rather than challenging our national aversion to unhappy endings, both in life and in cinema, [director] Strouse plays right into it. He's devised Grace Is Gone to work on our sentiments the way a porn movie works on our libidos.
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 5, 2007
It's stirring, even gut-wrenching, on the strength of John Cusack's terrifically restrained performance as a husband in denial over the death of his wife in Iraq.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 5, 2007
If Martian Child is the price film goers must pay in order to get Grace Is Gone, then it's a worthwhile trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 13, 2007
The focus is solidly on the human cost borne by those serving their country and their families.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2007
No politics, no pleading. No artifice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 25, 2007
All three [principal characters] sometimes just disappear into the affectless, low-energy drift of Grace Is Gone. They stare at carpets, curl up on motel room beds, sit on sidewalks, gaze at the featureless American landscape.
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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 24, 2007
Although clearly coming from an antiwar perspective, the story's emotional effectiveness and family grounding give the film a real shot at connecting with general audiences across the political spectrum.