Metascore
62

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
    Has a charm that keeps you involved throughout.
  4. 80
    It's a breezy and entertaining little charmer.
  5. 80
    It's a fresh installment in what appears to be a self-perpetuating sitcom of British life.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Harvests a bumper crop of laughs.
  7. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    80
    It makes you giggle. That's the dark, dirty secret. You giggle. You giggle again.
  8. 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).
  9. Has that same air of silly innocence, a rarity in today's movies.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 75
    After an uproarious first half, Saving Grace arrives at its conclusion somewhat hastily and conveniently.
  13. 70
    Constipated English whimsy for the easily tickled.
  14. 70
    Thoroughly dotty and surprisingly endearing.
  15. 70
    Blethyn's solid-gold charm turns Saving Grace into a comic high.
  16. Blethyn glides through the proceedings elegantly, a comic swan among ducks.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It's funny and charming most of the time, thanks to Brenda Blethyn.
  18. Whimsy and wit are the saving graces of much British movie comedy, and Saving Grace has a decent measure of both.
  19. 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.
  20. 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."
  21. Never quite rises above its one-joke situation.
  22. Wrings laughs from the antics of affable, eccentric villagers who cheerily break the law.
  23. 50
    A sweet, loopy British comedy filled with good actors and funny moments.
  24. Determined to be inoffensively tidy and cute above all else.
  25. Blethyn's lively acting and some visually amusing moments lend spice to this minor but engaging comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    Coy, cutesy, sentimental, and shamelessly manipulative.
  27. 50
    We're left with a promising idea for a comedy, which arrives at some laughs but never finds its destination.
  28. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    I've shot people for less.
  29. 40
    Better in the end to skip it, and make Mother go it alone.
  30. It tries to get by on charm. It doesn't.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dennis
    May 1, 2006
    10
    Hilarious Beautiful location (Port Isaac).