The Greatest
The Greatest (2010)

Tragedy opens the wounds a family has long struggled to ignore in this powerful emotional drama. Bennett Brewer (Aaron Johnson) was a bright, handsome, and talented young man who was suddenly killed in an auto accident late one night while… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 13, 2010
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52%
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54%



Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's burdened by a predictable, overly melodramatic story, but The Greatest benefits from strong performances by its talented cast.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The real surprise is Brosnan's silent, agonized performance; his post-007 career has been one long campaign to prove he's got the goods.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Sarandon and Brosnan are very good, indeed, Brosnan surprisingly so. In fact, Brosnan has never been so opened up, so emotional and yet so precise in his work. It's a lovely performance in a film that only sometimes deserves him.

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Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Although Feste delivers a well-acted, competently directed film with The Greatest, it ultimately lacks the originality that could lift it out of the fog.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes than a complete story, some moments are so raw and insightful that they feel like a punch to the heart.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a passable debut from a relatively promising director...

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

What makes The Greatest work so well is that Feste clearly remembers what it's like to be 18 and to believe your one chance at joy has passed you by.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Even if you want more from a film than a depiction of reality, you'll still appreciate the stars' performances. But you'll find yourself thinking it could have been so much better if rendering grief effectively didn't seem like the only goal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
This drama film is about grief and the different ways it can affect people, it was very good. I believe this is a depressing tale that forlornly tries to uplift… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Greatest starts well but soon descends into a muddle of bad acting, awkward script and messy story-line. Some scenes are great though, Shana Feste lets the… More
familiar stranger
This was an over-dramatic, over-emotional and an overdone movie in almost all respects. The grieving of the parents for their dead son left no emotional impact,… More
Jake ....
This is a really hard review to open. I would like to start with a compliment or one of the high points of the film, but nothing is coming to mind. It is really… More
Al S
A glorious, unforgettable and love-filled gem of a movie. A heart-wrenching, deeply moving and astonishing film that takes your breath away. A triumph that… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I barely knew him, but everything was exactly how I imagined it, everything was just how I pictured it. I had to keep this baby. I think he was… More

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