The Grace Card
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This earnest evangelical drama draws inspiration from the Bible verse Hebrews 4:16 ("We will find grace to help us when we need it") in its tale of a police officer named Bill "Mac" McDonald (Michael Joiner) whose life is shattered (and his faith severely challenged) when he loses his son in a tragic accident. Eighteen years of rage and hostility ensue, marked by rapidly crumbling relationships with his family members and strained relationships on the force. Events reach a fever pitch, however, when Mac gets partnered up in the squad car with Sam Wright (Michael… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As stiff as it is sincere."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's OK to put out a movie with a message. But rendering even potentially dramatic stories so inoffensive that they bear no relation to reality makes for middling drama."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Dragged down by earnest but amateurish performances and an overall Afterschool Special vibe"
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"This passionate faith-based movie offers moral encouragement and gives people an altruistic goal worth achieving. It deserves to be ranked alongside similar message-driven movies as "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof.""
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"This effort from writer/director David G. Evans gets points for soft-peddling dogma in favor of human stories. And the film benefits from a compelling performance by Michael Joiner, a Kansas City-based stand-up comic who provides a watchable center."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Movie goers likely will look over The Grace Card's entertainment value to focus on this simple prescription for how to gracefully love your neighbor."
‑ Kate Shellnut, Houston Chronicle
"Despite its lapse into melodrama, this faith-based drama is surprisingly effective."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Not up to the level of "Facing the Giants" or "Fireproof" but a pretty amazing first try"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"...not so much a bad movie as a timid one, in that it fails to fulfill the potential of its honestly not bad script, which raises some difficult questions ... and its denouement, however predictable, is genuinely moving."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film is powerful when operating on the personal level of two men working out faith, but disappointing that their story is buried in a heavy-handed, manipulative plot."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
""The Grace Card" is a Christian drama about a racist cop and his gospel-preaching partner who . . . hey, wait a second. Where are you going?"
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"A heartfelt and inspirational drama about the healing power of grace, reconciliation and forgiveness."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A modern morality play offering a satisfying reminder about the real meaning of forgiveness."
‑ Kam Williams,
"This is an unpretentious but sincere film with quiet power, and its final scenes are moving and inspirational."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
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