L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
The actors are superb -- especially Smith, who exudes some of the live-wire charisma of the young Sean Penn in Rosenthal's "Bad Boys," and the smoldering Brewster.
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Los Angeles Times

This film is smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This intimate coming-of-age story benefits from excellent performances, notably Gregory Smith's.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The richness of the characters and themes in Nearing Grace inspire director Rick Rosenthal and his cast to create a film with terrific emotional energy and larkish humor.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The performances by Smith, Brewster and veteran David Morse, as a morbidly depressed widower, elevate Nearing Grace to something near grace.
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Village Voice

This '70s-era teen romance from the director of "Halloween II" and the screenwriter of "Mean Creek" is a quietly effective number, a little like an '80s John Hughes movie without the laughs (not an insult in this case).
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The New York Times

By Laura Kern
There's nothing remotely surprising in the entire film. But the generally winning -- and freakishly good-looking -- cast, endowed by Jacob Aaron Estes's script with intelligent, if occasionally overwritten dialogue, makes for viewing that is easy on the eyes and the ears.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Scott Sommer's late-1970s coming-of-age novel, with little of the vivid specificity of "Mean Creek," even though the two share a screenwriter and a producer.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
A coming-of-age movie in which nobody comes of age.
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The sort of movie that makes you feel like a heel for not liking it: Independently made and heartfelt, it also happens to have been shot in Portland. Nonetheless, the accumulation of cliches big and small manage to erase whatever goodwill its other features have engendered.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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