75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Guggenheim doesn't bring much visual style to the game. But he brings heart (and some Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack) to the story of a lost Jersey girl redeemed by sport. Yeah, I cried. And cheered. You will too.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An inspirational sports movie, soccer subdivision, and it stops at every expected station of the cross on its road to the triumphant against-all-odds finale (in sudden-death overtime, yet). Yet it also feels appealingly handmade in a way most jock dramas don't.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Dermot Mulroney takes the largest male role, that of the driven ex-soccer star and patriarch of the onscreen family. From certain angles he looks like a Shue too.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The New Jersey locations and soundtrack help ground the story in a particular time and place, and Schroeder delivers a terrific performance.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
For all its faults, Gracie is made with enough grace to get us rooting for the protagonist.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A nicely confident Schroeder strides though the movie as if it's a masterpiece, and Mulroney is equally charismatic. But they can't quite save Gracie from feeling like a vanity project that will appeal mostly to middle-school soccer teams, and various extended members of the Shue family.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
For all the personal ties to the material, the film too often reaches for broad-strokes inspiration in a way that feels generic.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Gracie is ably played by Carly Schroeder, and the tale of her uphill battle to play competitive soccer is based on the youthful activism of actress Elisabeth Shue. Shue was the first person in her New Jersey community to break down the hurdles erected to keep girls from the sport.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
You miss the knockabout edge of "Bend It Like Beckham" -- though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Sporadic on-field violence is only a tiny reason that Gracie disappoints, but it's indicative of the film's greater problem. Producers Elisabeth and Andrew Shue seem so intent on creating a hero out of the main character and villains out of almost everyone else, that they've completely distorted reality.
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52 out of 100
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