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A cynical novelist enters into an affair with the critic who isn't fooled by his romantic posturing in this romantic drama starring and written by Scott Caan. John (Caan) may write about being in love, but the truth of the matter is that he's never actually experienced it firsthand, and he's not entirely convinced that it even exists. He's a certified bachelor committed to remaining single, but he's also a master seducer capable of bedding practically any woman he wants. When John meets Mercy, he's instantly captivated by her insight and honesty. She sees right through… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I have a problem with movies about men who women cannot resist."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Scott Caan, of all people, playing a writer of romantic novels?"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Frustratingly uneven..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"With Glenn offscreen for huge sections of the film, Mercy devolves into yet another navel-gazing drama about a glib cad redeemed by the love of a good woman."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Caan's touchingly clueless longing makes Mercy stand out as an adult romantic drama that earns its hankies"
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Mercy is a romantic drama with some good qualities -- among them earnestness and strong performances -- but not enough to completely overcome the strain of its clichés."
‑ Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times
"Caan can't seem to play up his strengths. He's a raw talent who needs an editor for his scripts and a strong hand behind the camera guiding him. Mercy gives our guy neither."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"There's a frayed romanticism to Caan's script that belies his swaggering air of machismo; this is a man who understands the price of love, even if Johnny can't, or more probably, won't."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"A sentimental sitdram about whether or not a long-distance liaison between an artist and his worst critic has a fighting chance of blossoming into love."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Scott Caan delivers a complex portrait of a womanizing bully with a cream-puff heart."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Mercy looks like an Urban Outfitters catalog and plays like A Very Special Episode of Entourage, only sporadically convincing that it's taking such form to mobilize a critique of the same."
‑ Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"Caan's decision to cast real-life pals such as Jane Fonda's son Garity, McDermott and John Boyd (as a blabbering lovesick friend)--not to mention his father--makes sense, but the decision to leave out the heart of his narrative doesn't."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Don't let Mercy's title fool you, as there's no clemency here, from cliché or pretentiousness."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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