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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There's a nice, pop-in-and-see rhythm to the storytelling. Gandolfini's Pat descends into a rich sadness. There's wry humour to be had with Douglas and his idealizing buddies. Loneliness and longing lounge around together."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An exhilarating rush of keenly observant, sometimes barbed, occasionally funny and often poignant detail, and all of it feels right."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"While it has a personal feel, the performances are a mixed bag and it too often resorts to nostalgic cliches, especially when the music isn't playing."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not."
‑ Ricardo Baca, Denver Post
"Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Hits notes you thought only Chase's primo Sopranos could reach."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Unfortunately, Chase's failed group is no more interesting than one you or your friends might have played in."
‑ Dan Lybarger, KC Active
"...a rollicking comedy about growing up and striking out"
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Sopranos creator David Chase returns to New Jersey, but his film loses its way"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Beautifully captures the impact of the British rock 'n' roll invasion on young teens in the suburbs (I was there). . .But even with accurate details, the film loses its way."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Not Fade Away is about the imperishable idea of youth and the promise of endless wide-open possibility. Time will always be on its side."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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