Not Fade Away Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
There's a nice, pop-in-and-see rhythm to the storytelling. Gandolfini's Pat descends into a rich sadness. There's wry humour to be had with Douglas and his idealizing buddies. Loneliness and longing lounge around together.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Hits notes you thought only Chase's primo Sopranos could reach.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 28, 2013
Sopranos creator David Chase returns to New Jersey, but his film loses its way
Neil Pond
American Profile
February 4, 2013
An exhilarating rush of keenly observant, sometimes barbed, occasionally funny and often poignant detail, and all of it feels right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
Unfortunately, Chase's failed group is no more interesting than one you or your friends might have played in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
January 16, 2013
Beautifully captures the impact of the British rock 'n' roll invasion on young teens in the suburbs (I was there). . .But even with accurate details, the film loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Todd Jorgenson
January 14, 2013
While it has a personal feel, the performances are a mixed bag and it too often resorts to nostalgic cliches, especially when the music isn't playing.
Chris Barsanti
January 11, 2013
...a rollicking comedy about growing up and striking out
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 10, 2013
Not Fade Away is about the imperishable idea of youth and the promise of endless wide-open possibility. Time will always be on its side.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 9, 2013
Not Fade Away is intimate, episodic and achingly poignant. It's also woefully insubstantial. Chase has created less of a dramatic narrative and more of an awkwardly paced, formulaic collage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 8, 2013
Good- although I think it would work better as a TV series. I wish there was a season 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 7, 2013
The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
January 5, 2013
I don't mean to belittle the memory of an entire decade, except when I do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Melin
January 5, 2013
Because its more about intertwining themes than it is about obvious plot and conflict, it has melancholic energy. It revels in the mystery, appreciation, and ultimately creation of art-from a guy who was empowered and inspired by rock himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 5, 2013
A wistful, bittersweet remembrance of the emerging '60s counterculture.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
January 4, 2013
Not Fade Away is the greenest film of the new year, recycling '60s cliches with alacrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Orlando Weekly
January 4, 2013
God save us from boomer nostalgia and its endless idealization of the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2013
Rock & roll is salvation, rebellion, fun, sex, and the greatest middle finger ever extended by one generation at another. If you actually believe all of that, even a little bit, David Chase's far-from-perfect Not Fade Away is hard to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman
January 4, 2013
It's not a great film, but perhaps Chase is the victim of impossibly high expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
January 4, 2013
This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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