Not Fade Away Reviews

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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.
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2013
The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.
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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
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 3, 2013
A movie that feels at once deeply personal and more than a little confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 2, 2013
Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 2012
Mostly, Not Fade Away is a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2012
Ultimately a disappointment - this is a movie easy to watch and even easier to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 27, 2012
The performances and music are a pleasure, and Chase's affection for the period is palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 27, 2012
Aiming for a generational statement that encompasses the entire '60s experience, [Chase] turns unexpectedly inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2012
Somewhat autobiographical and worth seeing despite its somewhat muffled quality ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 27, 2012
Chase takes a basement view of the birth of America's '60s rock revolution with his big-screen debut Not Fade Away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 24, 2012
Chase has captured this one for all time. He delivers on the movie's title.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2012
It's a "personal" movie that, in some ways, seems impersonal. Everything seems a bit too varnished and staged and overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2012
What makes this movie unique is that it's not just one more story of a band that got big in a hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 21, 2012
The acting is OK, but none of the leads has the kind of sizzle that might have turned this into something as special as another film set roughly in the same era, "Diner.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 20, 2012
By focusing on musicians who are talented but finally not good or persistent enough to succeed in the big time, "Not Fade Away" offers a poignant, alternative, antiheroic history of the big beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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December 20, 2012
Alas, Not Fade Away is far less pungent than the period it attempts to evoke.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2012
Despite the nostalgia-drenched idealism coursing through it - and a cinematic familiarity to the subject matter - this is not a story that's neatly told or safely predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 20, 2012
Chase ... allows nostalgic feeling to be the sole reason for this, his first feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 20, 2012
Painful, and not in a good way.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 20, 2012
While Not Fade Away is undeniably a mess, it's a loveable kind of mess, where the missteps come from daring, not caution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 19, 2012
If you weren't in a failed band yourself, you know people who were, and Chase's story IS their story, if not in the particulars, then in the spirit and the passion. The music may fade, but what's behind it never does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 19, 2012
This may color my enthusiasm somewhat. Still, I like to think I was mostly taken in by the wonderful cast and Chase's fond and generous evocation of another time, another place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 18, 2012
Every scene plays with an in-the-moment vividness far removed from nostalgia-laden sentimentality; even the simplest interaction feels like it echoes through eternity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 18, 2012
Chase offers a gritty, graceful salute to rock & roll in his ardent, acutely observed debut that makes him, at 67, a filmmaker to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
December 17, 2012
Not Fade Away injects the past with the nervous energy and exciting uncertainty of the present, devoid of nostalgia or biopic baggage, and infused with all the wicked wit that characterized Chase's The Sopranos.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 11, 2012
It's a small gem with a killer rock soundtrack, well worth seeking out amid all the awards-season Sturm und Drang.
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November 19, 2012
Feels like a three-part miniseries shoehorned into one nearly-two-hour morsel - there's too much going on in it for anything to have much weight.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2012
In his first feature, David Chase returns to the New Jersey suburbs to cast a bittersweet glance back at the rock-fueled restlessness of the Sixties.