Critics Consensus

Gracie can be rousing and touching in spots, but is ultimately undone by its predictable story arc and a lack of nuance.



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In 1978, a teenage girl fights to play on the boys' varsity soccer team after her brother, a soccer champion, dies. In the process, she wins the right for girls everywhere to play.

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Carly Schroeder
as Gracie Bowen
Elisabeth Shue
as Lindsey Bowen
Dermot Mulroney
as Bryan Bowen
Andrew Shue
as Coach Owen Clark
Julia Garro
as Jena Walpen
Hunter Schroeder
as Mike Bowen
Jesse Lee Soffer
as Johnny Bower
Trevor Heins
as Daniel Bowen
John Doman
as Coach Colasanti
Christopher Shand
as Kyle Rhodes
Emma Bell
as Kate Dorset
Peter McRobbie
as Principal Enright
James Biberi
as Officer Sal Famulari
Karl Schellscheidt
as Referee Jay Gavitt
Lou Sumrall
as Greasy Bouncer
Patrick McRobbie
as Principal Enright
C.C. Loveheart
as Bowsher's Asssitant
Leslie Lyles
as Chairwoman Connie Bowsher
Tashya Valdevit
as Maryellen Connors
Jay Patterson
as Boardmember Rice
Brian Smiar
as Boardmember Fitzpatrick
Dan Metcalfe
as Kingston Coach
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Critic Reviews for Gracie

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (36)

  • It's too bad that Gracie's story seems bent on staying on the surface of such familiar turf, rather than digging deeper to reveal what propels her.

    Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Ends up more like a middling after-school special than an insightful look at family dynamics.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Actress Schroeder] gives Gracie a credibly rugged edge, building her into a mini-tower of blond ambition and almost rescuing the role from cliché. Almost, but not quite, not when burdened with a script so proudly rooted in uplift's trite traditions.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a nice film and the Shue family, honestly, they should be proud of what they've done.

    Jun 18, 2007
  • Gracie is a gentle, easygoing picture -- it's not exactly dramatically gripping, but somehow, its spirit carries it through.

    Jun 4, 2007
  • There are some powerful moments (such as Elisabeth Shue, as Gracie's mother, giving a touching, unexpected speech about how she doesn't share her family's competitive spirit), and by its end Gracie earns its cheers.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gracie

  • Jan 04, 2009
    Barely watchable, this soap opera knows how to tug at the heartstrings, but a little too sappy for even this most sensitive male viewer. Gracie battles prejudice and neandrathal male stereotypes to win a place on the boy's soccer team at school. Nobody believes in her except for her dead brother. Even her mom tries to lower her expectations, by encouraging her to take a bite of the sh*t sandwich that life offers young women. Some decent soccer footage, but too much like a fairy tale for this viewer. Thank God for Titile IX. One would like to think this is no longer a problem for women athletes. Don't kid yourself. Respect is hard to come by, even when it is earned.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2008
    Not by choice: buses in Northern Ontario, you just never know what you're going to get... a great laugh due its combination of melodramatic bad lines, half-baked gender-role commentary and sports movie formula. Do not watch this film... unless you also enjoy gawking at car crashes and the like...
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]It is very hard to dislike a movie such as "Gracie" that has its heart so firmly in the right place and so full of good will. It takes place in South Orange, New Jersey in 1978 where Grace(Carly Schroeder) wants to honor the memory of her recently deceased brother, Johnny(Jesse Lee Soffer), a high school soccer star, by making the boys' varsity soccer team to avenge one of their losses to a rival school. Hopefully helping her will be her father(Dermot Mulroney), a former collegiate soccer star himself who also trained her brother.(I think that anybody who tries to relive their failed lives through their children is perverse.) [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]So even though the movie does make some valid points about women in sport(Where women could once only be cheerleaders, now they could compete in sports on their own terms. But surely feminism could not have been such an exotic notion in 1978.), the movie still gives into some of the hoariest cliches of the genre around. Worse still, it is immensely predictable. It is clear exactly how the movie will end once Grace makes her proclamation, even if the route might have been slightly different than expected with a couple of less than credible twists. And it is hard to believe high school soccer players would be allowed to be so very physical. Grounding the movie better in realism would have definitely helped.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2007
    Inspirational true story but not quite as dynamic as 'Bend It Like Beckham'.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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