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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
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
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
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
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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.
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
Perry Seibert
TV 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
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 4, 2013
The story is unfocused and, at times, directionless. Characters disappear.And, the whimsical ending seemingly comes out of nowhere.The best I can do is give "Not Fade Away" a marginal recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2013
The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 4, 2013
The threat of nuclear annihilation and the potential saving grace of rock and roll are linked at the beginning and end of this movie about 1960s kids negotiating a new kind of life informed by both possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 4, 2013
Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 3, 2013
Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 3, 2013
Chase, who was the ripe old age of 19 when the Beatles first appeared on Sullivan's show, gives this 1960s period film an autobiographical specificity without the baby boomer navel-gazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 3, 2013
There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 3, 2013
Its rhythms are peculiar, but there's lots of good stuff here.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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