Nearing Grace Reviews

November 10, 2007
It feels like perhaps the screenplay was intensely personal and/or autobiographical, yet it's suspiciously lacking in any dramatic tension.
October 13, 2006
Moral dilemmas faced by immature teens is fine fare for young-adult fiction, but a movie that wants them to be taken as something bigger needs better management than Nearing Grace can provide.
October 13, 2006
[It] makes you feel like a heel for not liking it: Independently made and heartfelt, it also happens to have been shot in Portland. Nonetheless, the accumulation of cliches big and small manage to erase whatever goodwill its other features have engendered
October 13, 2006
The story here is as dog-eared as an old beach book, and about as deep.
October 13, 2006
The performances by Smith, Brewster and veteran David Morse, as a morbidly depressed widower, elevate Nearing Grace to something near grace.
October 13, 2006
The tone is psychological realism, as opposed to, say, American Pie-style burlesque. But the main emphasis is on sex and drugs anyway. In any case, it's not very illuminating.
October 12, 2006
Nearing Grace means to be a gritty look at what it was like to come of age in the late '70s, but its reality is hampered by the unreal pretentiousness of every word the characters utter.
October 12, 2006
The dialogue is full of fortune cookie aphorisms and stilted literary phrases that were never meant to be spoken aloud.
October 12, 2006
An unsympathetic lead, a story that's been told a million times (the Scarlett-Ashley/star-crossed lovers story), relationships that don't make sense and an unfamiliarity with basic physics.
October 11, 2006
Some Kind of Wonderful? No, some kind of earnest, stranded adaptation of Nearing Grace, Scott Sommer's late-1970s coming-of-age novel.
September 22, 2006
Sucks to be Nearing Grace on the same week that Zerophilia also opens.
August 15, 2006
The teens this time resemble only those processed through TV's feel-good filter.