Nearing Grace Reviews

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
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
...cinematic youth has rarely seemed so convincingly uncertain, and Brewster could definitely drive a young guy crazy.
October 12, 2006
Smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.
October 12, 2006
Bursting with hormones, angst, humor and heartbreak, Rick Rosenthal's Nearing Grace, set during the late 1970's in suburban New Jersey, follows a teenager's efforts to survive both the recent loss of his mother and his senior year of high school.
October 12, 2006
The characters are stereotypes, their situations are familiar and the outcome is predictable. But the whole thing is viewed from such a feel-good perspective that we're willing to overlook much of that.
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 12, 2006
If we've seen it all before, Nearing Grace's mix of nostalgia and contempt for the follies of youth is a potent one.
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.
August 15, 2006
The teens this time resemble only those processed through TV's feel-good filter.
August 15, 2006
The richness of the characters and themes in Nearing Grace inspire director Rick Rosenthal and his cast to create a film with terrific emotional energy and larkish humor.