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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 driving home with Rose (Carey Mulligan), a girl who had been a close friend for years but had only recently become romantically involved with him. Bennett's death devastates his family: his mother, Grace (Susan Sarandon), is overcome with grief and can't stop wondering what his final minutes must have been like; father Allen (Pierce Brosnan) is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"First-time writer-director Shana Feste has made a wise, insightful movie about family, grief, and how awful and how wonderful it is to discover that life goes on after someone you love dies."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Two gifted young women whose best work will be in other films are the reason to see this one."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"Overwrought in all the wrong ways, The Greatest doesn't do its normally excellent cast any favors."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...a passable debut from a relatively promising director..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The title is incorrect."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Perhaps the best compliment to give it is that it never comes off as a weepy Lifetime movie. The acting and writing are too good to let that happen."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Yet another film that tries to pass off a whole lot of screaming and crying as great acting. This fails especially in Brosnan's big crying scene, in which he audibly squeaks"
‑ Stephen Silver, The Trend
"It could more appropriately be known as just Good with Brief Moments of Absolute Brilliance."
‑ Rebecca Murray, About.com
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