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Gracie Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
June 22, 2007
Ends up more like a middling after-school special than an insightful look at family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2007
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
It's a nice film and the Shue family, honestly, they should be proud of what they've done.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 4, 2007
Gracie is a gentle, easygoing picture -- it's not exactly dramatically gripping, but somehow, its spirit carries it through.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 1, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2007
Everyone who made this movie had his or her heart in the right place, even though they got so much wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 1, 2007
Meant to be a thrilling inspiration, it only feels a little like a teacher-recommended Afterschool Special.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 1, 2007
It's puzzling to watch someone present her own life in terms of cliché.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 1, 2007
A nicely confident Schroeder strides though the movie as if it's a masterpiece, and Mulroney is equally charismatic. But they can't quite save Gracie from feeling like a vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 1, 2007
For all the heartfelt emotion behind it, the movie plays out like your basic after-school special: no surprises, no suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2007
With so much invested in this film, Gracie represents the culmination of a family dream, so you can't really blame it for wearing its heart on its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 1, 2007
Gracie, a tale about a teen girl blazing trails in soccer, is worthy, but it's also formulaic to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2007
All the film's good intentions are still somewhat undercut by its corn content.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 1, 2007
She shoots, Gracie scores.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 1, 2007
A truly winning American soccer movie has yet to be made, but Gracie is good enough to play for a tie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
June 1, 2007
It's a sweet and uplifting film, and though quite predictable, gives us a family drama that showcases simple truths about overcoming seemingly impossible odds and leaves you with a warm and very satisfying feeling deep down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 1, 2007
Does Gracie work as a movie? Just close enough, and closer still for a young soccer player who may already know her sports movie clichés but also recognizes when they touch on something once and truly felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 1, 2007
A familiar underdog story told with unusual sensitivity, Davis Guggenheim's Gracie depicts the obstacles faced by a young girl who dreams of playing on her high school soccer team.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 31, 2007
It's a trite, indifferently told underdog sports story that could only have been redeemed by perfect execution.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 31, 2007
It would be easy to dismiss this drama about a high school girl who goes out for the boys' soccer team as something we've all seen before. But that would be ignoring the movie's plucky appeal.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 31, 2007
Only auds not exposed to similar inspirational sports scenarios will doubt for a second that she'll eventually succeed.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 31, 2007
Gracie is an engaging sports drama about a girl, a soccer ball and a family lost in grief.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 31, 2007
Heavy on hokum but easy to like, thanks to the spunky Schroeder.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2007
[Director] Guggenheim doesn't bring much visual style to the game. But he brings heart (and some Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack) to the story of a lost Jersey girl redeemed by sport. Yeah, I cried. And cheered. You will too.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2007
The genuine sense of loss and nicely observed family details don't stand a chance against the generic buildup to the big game.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 31, 2007
There's nothing startling about Gracie per se, but it manages to do formula without becoming too formulaic, be a feel-good flick without being feel-good gooey.
| Original Score: B
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 31, 2007
There's a reason the underdog sports formula is followed over and over: When it's executed as skillfully as it is here, the damned thing works every time.
| Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 31, 2007
Gracie is painless enough and, at times, even enjoyable. But it suffers from an overriding feeling that this would be better positioned as a made-for-TV feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 31, 2007
Gracie does hold you, in its oversimplified and sentimental way, and it deals with a real issue in semi-real fashion -- half-Hollywood, half-actual life, or something like it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 31, 2007
Who could possibly be interested in a movie about decent, recognizably human creatures dealing with believable problems and discovering within themselves the capacity to be better people?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 31, 2007
If you competed in high school athletics, you might be able to overlook that Gracie is just another formulaic, if well-intentioned, sports movie.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2007
Why is Gracie as processed as an after-school special? You miss the knockabout edge of Bend It Like Beckham -- though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 30, 2007
It's not without well-observed moments, and in the title role, Carly Schroeder makes an agreeably flawed and feisty rooting interest.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 29, 2007
Firing on all formulaic cylinders, Gracie is heavy with tidy meaning and mealy morality.