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Grace Is Gone Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
January 25, 2008
Good intentions can only go so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 18, 2008
It's a narrative strategy that neither informs, challenges nor heals.
Read More | Original Score: 1/6
January 3, 2008
Cusack's climactic confession is heartrending. But too many other moments strain credibility.
December 14, 2007
Not a great movie, simply functional, but Cusack gives a great performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2007
This is a very strong and very moving film.
December 7, 2007
Grace Is Gone is a small film, but mostly in all the right ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
December 6, 2007
A moving and tender family drama, built on the foundation of a serious contemporary issue.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2007
Grace Is Gone attempts to address grief frankly, gently, and without didacticism, and it largely succeeds.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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
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
October 13, 2007
The focus is solidly on the human cost borne by those serving their country and their families.
October 3, 2007
No politics, no pleading. No artifice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 25, 2007
A disappointing and manipulative look at one family's loss in the Iraq war.
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.