Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 90
    In short, Just Say Yes.
  2. 88
    A real high in a season filled with unfunny comedies.
  3. 80
    It's a breezy and entertaining little charmer.
  4. 80
    It's a fresh installment in what appears to be a self-perpetuating sitcom of British life.
  5. 80
    Has a charm that keeps you involved throughout.
  6. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    80
    It makes you giggle. That's the dark, dirty secret. You giggle. You giggle again.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Harvests a bumper crop of laughs.
  8. 75
    After an uproarious first half, Saving Grace arrives at its conclusion somewhat hastily and conveniently.
  9. Has that same air of silly innocence, a rarity in today's movies.
  10. A comedy of the old school. Depending on your view of the current state of screen humor, that's either a promise or a warning.
  11. Though not quite up to "The Full Monty" or "Waking Ned Devine," there's just enough left in that overseas whimsy stockpile to generate good buzz (the word-of-mouth moviegoer kind).
  12. Reviewed by: Ron Dicker
    75
    It has enough humanity to let the humor tickle, and a subject that will evoke memories for anyone who has ever smoked a joint or just said no.
  13. 70
    Thoroughly dotty and surprisingly endearing.
  14. 70
    Blethyn's solid-gold charm turns Saving Grace into a comic high.
  15. 70
    Constipated English whimsy for the easily tickled.
  16. Whimsy and wit are the saving graces of much British movie comedy, and Saving Grace has a decent measure of both.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It's funny and charming most of the time, thanks to Brenda Blethyn.
  18. Blethyn glides through the proceedings elegantly, a comic swan among ducks.
  19. That they're English and elderly apparently makes their antics screamingly funny to people who would turn up their noses at similar humor in a film like "Scary Movie."
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    Grace is not as tightly wound as the best of its breed, but it is a genial way to pass the time.
  21. Wrings laughs from the antics of affable, eccentric villagers who cheerily break the law.
  22. Never quite rises above its one-joke situation.
  23. 50
    We're left with a promising idea for a comedy, which arrives at some laughs but never finds its destination.
  24. Blethyn's lively acting and some visually amusing moments lend spice to this minor but engaging comedy.
  25. Determined to be inoffensively tidy and cute above all else.
  26. 50
    A sweet, loopy British comedy filled with good actors and funny moments.
  27. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    Coy, cutesy, sentimental, and shamelessly manipulative.
  28. 40
    Better in the end to skip it, and make Mother go it alone.
  29. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    I've shot people for less.
  30. It tries to get by on charm. It doesn't.

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