Nearing Grace
Nearing Grace (2005)

A teenage boy tries to hold his family together while the girl of his dreams drives him to distraction in this coming-of-age comedy drama. It's 1978, and Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith) and his family are in a state of flux. Henry's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This coming-of-age story doesn't dig deep enough to offer anything fresh to the genre.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Moral dilemmas faced by immature teens is fine fare for young-adult fiction, but a movie that wants them to be taken as something bigger needs better management than Nearing Grace can provide.

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Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice

...cinematic youth has rarely seemed so convincingly uncertain, and Brewster could definitely drive a young guy crazy.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

It feels like perhaps the screenplay was intensely personal and/or autobiographical, yet it's suspiciously lacking in any dramatic tension.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The story here is as dog-eared as an old beach book, and about as deep.

Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

Smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

It's so exceptionally well done, so exceedingly well-cast that it makes one realize how few such films actually succeed at all.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The performances by Smith, Brewster and veteran David Morse, as a morbidly depressed widower, elevate Nearing Grace to something near grace.

Laura Kern
New York Times

Bursting with hormones, angst, humor and heartbreak, Rick Rosenthal's Nearing Grace, set during the late 1970's in suburban New Jersey, follows a teenager's efforts to survive both the recent loss of his mother and his senior year of high school.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A fine coming-of-age drama about a sexually eager young man who discovers that anything is possible with a friend who is loving and trustworthy after years of giving and forgiving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
It's easy to call a film cliche, but if that film represents a vision that the filmmaker has always wanted to realize, it's not really fair to dismiss… More
Tom Ericksen
One of the funniest British comedies I've ever seen
Alice Shen
A <i>Some Kind of Wonderful</i>-esque love triangle that doesn't quite resolve as cleanly as you'd expect. Gregory Smith was adorable in… More
Chosen 718
Interesting drama. The best friends [a guy and a girl] secretly in love storyline is old, very predictable but still interesting to watch. Good performances by… More
Leigh Ryan
Very well done.