Nearing Grace Synopsis
A teen (Gregory Smith) in 1978 New Jersey falls under a bewitching classmate's spell.
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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...
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80

Los Angeles Times

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This film is smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This intimate coming-of-age story benefits from excellent performances, notably Gregory Smith's.
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70

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...
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63

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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60

Village Voice

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This '70s-era teen romance from the director of "Halloween II" and the screenwriter of "Mean Creek" is a quietly effective number, a little...
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60

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...
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58

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...
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50

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
A coming-of-age movie in which nobody comes of age.
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42

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...
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Rated R | For sexual content, language, drug use and a scene of violence