Not Fade Away Synopsis
Three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band.
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Slant Magazine

By Jaime N. Christley
Triumphs when David Chase's empowerment as a kind of autobiographical historian is balanced with the thrill of submersing the viewer in the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

The film may be too meandering for mainstream acceptance, but its focus will make the Paramount Vantage release connect directly with many...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Not Fade Away is a movie by a filmmaker who treasures his memories, cares about social history and relishes getting it right.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
His (Chase) ardent, acutely observed debut makes him, at 67, a filmmaker to watch.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mostly, Not Fade Away is a hit.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Not Fade Away is Chase's reward to himself - a transparently autobiographical work, his first feature-length film, and one that he's said...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The highlight of Not Fade Away, a meandering and bittersweet coming-of-age story, is its killer '60s pop-rock soundtrack.
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By Mark Jenkins
Music drives the movie, and the producers popped for the real stuff: Robert Johnson, Moby Grape and - curiously - the Sex Pistols are all...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's both achingly affectionate and a terrible mess.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Mood is more important to Not Fade Away than anything, but writer-director David Chase, who turned mood into masterpiece with every season...
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Absolutely boring and unwatchable

By mwgarb
The movie opens with a depiction of Jagger meeting Richards. It is charming and engaging. That is the last good moment of the movie. Just horrible. all the way around. It was like David Chase's...

So you want to me a rock star?

By calexan
This is a funny, poignant story of a young man growing up in the 1960s who wants his rock group to be the next Rolling Stones. We see his awkward attempts to find love, the jealousy he inspires in...

David Chase & Nemisis Kill Something Other Than Wise Guys.

By Alon Patterson
The Sopranos and what's this? Audience murder. Death by boredom. Chase must either be senile or high all the time now, since this confusing mess of a movie is just sad, and what's it really about?...

Beautiful Period Piece

By siralden
Beautifully Written. Pacing is great. Puts you right there with the hopes and dreams....


By mlfersko
Many people have said that if you hated the way David Chase ended the Sopranos, you'll hate the ending to this film. Well, I have not seen the Sopranos, but I did think the ending was interesting. In...

Will Fade Away

By LovesMoivies
Despite a gifted writer/director, and the rock cred.of its executive producer Van Zandt this is little film manages to be both earnest and half-hearted. It 's surprising not be be surprised by David...

What is it?

By termehemret
Is it an art film? Or is it just unevenly paced?! I felt for the main characters but wish I wasn't expected to read their minds so much, specially at the end. The movie relies heavily on tv...

Not Fade Away

By Cornell73moviefan
A great vignette of the '60s. I really enjoyed the music, the setting and the characters....

Loved it!

By blairwhunt
If you came of age in the 60's, loved the music and still love the music, it's a great little fim. It certainly can't be missed if you were in a band! I'll for sure rent it when it comes out in DVD...


By DOUG158
Nice story with a excellent soundtrack. Nice debut film from David Chase....

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Rated NR | For Sexual Content, Pervasive Language and Some Drug Use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says '60s-set coming-of-age tale has some edgy content.
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