The Grace Card

2011

The Grace Card

Critics Consensus

Tailored for a very specific audience, The Grace Card delivers its noble religious message via implausible plot twists and preachy dialogue.

33%

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This earnest evangelical drama draws inspiration from the Bible verse Hebrews 4:16 ("We will find grace to help us when we need it") in its tale of a police officer named Bill "Mac" McDonald (Michael Joiner) whose life is shattered (and his faith severely challenged) when he loses his son in a tragic accident. Eighteen years of rage and hostility ensue, marked by rapidly crumbling relationships with his family members and strained relationships on the force. Events reach a fever pitch, however, when Mac gets partnered up in the squad car with Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom), an African-American ordained minister-turned-cop with a loving and supportive family. Despite the many obstacles standing in the way, the men gradually work toward overcoming their differences and helping one another. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast

Louis Gossett Jr.
as George Wright
Michael Joiner
as Mac McDonald
Cindy Hodge
as Dr. Vines
Rob Erickson
as Blake McDonald
Joy Demichelle Moore
as Sara McDonald
Dawntoya Thomason
as Debra Wright
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Critic Reviews for The Grace Card

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (18)

  • As stiff as it is sincere.

    February 25, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Movie goers likely will look over The Grace Card's entertainment value to focus on this simple prescription for how to gracefully love your neighbor.

    February 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years.

    February 25, 2011 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective.

    February 25, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It's OK to put out a movie with a message. But rendering even potentially dramatic stories so inoffensive that they bear no relation to reality makes for middling drama.

    February 25, 2011 | Rating: 1/4
  • "The Grace Card" is a Christian drama about a racist cop and his gospel-preaching partner who . . . hey, wait a second. Where are you going?

    February 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Grace Card

  • Jan 28, 2014
    Great wholesome film about loss, faith, and family. Anyone would enjoy this touching yet inspiring story. Film that makes you look at your interactions with people on a deeper level.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2012
    I loved the message of this movie but it felt a little too forced and preachy.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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