Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away (2012)

It's 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Exuberant and bittersweet, Not Fade Away is a coming-of-age story set to a British Invasion beat that occasionally meanders but mostly charms.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Craig D. Lindsey

As the title oh-so-obviously implies, it's a love that will-well, you know.

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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post

This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Hits notes you thought only Chase's primo Sopranos could reach.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Another really good movie, ruined by a sad attempt at an ending. This ending may top all bad endings for me. Otherwise, up to that point it was very enjoyable,… More
Byron Brubaker
It is a strange choice to have the main character's little sister narrate the story. Not Fade Away is about a fictional band that never makes it big. As… More
Mark Hobin
Not Fade Away is a trip through the 60s of various clichés. The rock and roll tale is highlighted by some rousing musical numbers and nice period detail.… More
Jake Bart
Full disclosure: this unabashed tribute to the allure of rock n' roll is a bit of a shambles, but it's my kind of shambles. Every fame is richly… More
Walter M.
Douglas(John Magaro), figuring that if two ordinary looking guys like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can hit it big with their band The Rolling Stones and get… More
John C
Good idea poorly executed. Chase creates a limp vanilla story out of a period in time that was so dynamic. And if you think he ended The Sopranos piss poorly… More