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43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 23, 2011
    75
    This is a solid, sincere affirmation of faith and forgiveness. Praise the Lord, and pass the popcorn.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Feb 25, 2011
    70
    Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 25, 2011
    70
    The Grace Card is a surprisingly hard-edged, faith-based drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 24, 2011
    63
    More drama than tract, it's a low-budget Christian indie that just clears the runway on the sincerity of its performances and inclusiveness of its message.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 24, 2011
    60
    Responses to religious films are bound to be personal, so at the risk of sounding patronizing, I'll say that my main reaction to The Grace Card was one of pleasant surprise at its competence.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean O\'Connell
    Feb 26, 2011
    50
    Powerful lead performances and the filmmaker's noble attempt at holding a magnifying glass over the Deep South's still-contentious race relations help The Grace Card edge closer to the realm of mainstream entertainment. It's not just a dry sermon in feature-length form.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 25, 2011
    50
    Has a welcome message of personal growth and racial tolerance. And it's ably made, with evocative Memphis locations. But in the final sermon, it proffers some plot twists that are supposed to be miraculous but may strike a doubting Thomas as lame.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Feb 24, 2011
    50
    The Grace Card becomes increasingly involving and assured, yet when the inevitable moment of truth arrives for the coming-apart Mac, the film lapses into melodrama, contrivance and improbability.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 24, 2011
    50
    To say that The Grace Card piles it on is an understatement of profound dimensions.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Feb 22, 2011
    40
    By refusing to even suggest that racism is a walloping social problem rather than an individual, circumstantial one with an easy fix, it does a rotten job of preaching to the choir.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 25, 2011
    25
    A movie that wears its heart on its sleeve.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 25, 2011
    25
    With its poky pacing, thin characters, obvious message and predictable plot, the movie amounts to a cinematic sermon that, like many of those given in houses of worship, has a good-hearted message that will be difficult to deliver to a snoozing audience.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 24, 2011
    25
    The eggshells the screenwriter and director walk on distance the story from the reality it aims to imitate. And that robs this tale of loss, grief and redemption of its punch.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 25, 2011
    20
    Faith-based audiences may find comfort here, but the film's heavy-handedness is a burden it can't overcome.
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  1. May 30, 2015
    6
    The filmmaking here is amateur. Scene changes aren't always seamless thanks to the occasional fade to black that lasts for a second or two.The filmmaking here is amateur. Scene changes aren't always seamless thanks to the occasional fade to black that lasts for a second or two. It's things like that which pull you out of the experience. Despite a mostly competent cast and solid dialog the movie falls short thanks to poor direction and predictable plot that ends up not feeling as fleshed out as it should have been.

    It's definitely an indie movie. The fancy tricks big budget movies use to make things look more attractive just aren't present here. That's not really an issue. The issue is that the director clearly doesn't have much experience. As a result quite a few scenes just feel contrived. This is especially true of "Mac" (Michael Joiner). When he accepts God's grace the change in his life is instantaneous and everything works out just as quickly. We never get to see him struggle to rebuild the bridges he had burned. It takes a lot of the emotional impact out of the film.

    That's not to say the film doesn't have any at all though. Quite the opposite really. The message of faith and God's grace will still resonate with Christian audiences. The movie is at it's best when it touches on the tricky topic of racism. It has some mature things to say on the topic, even if it doesn't quite hit all the right notes. It ends up being powerful and uplifting to watch a man overcome his problems and find peace with God. It makes the film worth watching, but only for the right audience.

    No, it doesn't quite get everything perfect. The amateur feeling nature of it all does end up bringing it down. However the morals it supplies are sure to make it enjoyable for Christian audiences. Although even the most forgiving Christian will recognize that there are plenty of better alternatives out there. It won't do anything for the nonbelievers. If you are a Christian looking for a movie that celebrates and preaches the grace of God then this is for you. Just know that you'll see it's not the best put together film out there. For those who do not believe in God the obvious issues with the filmmaking will kill it for you even more than it's message of faith.
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  2. Sep 1, 2013
    10
    Outstanding picture. Great performances by the whole cast. Tremendous piece of work. Very underrated movie. One of the better christian moviesOutstanding picture. Great performances by the whole cast. Tremendous piece of work. Very underrated movie. One of the better christian movies i have seen. Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    I don't understand how a documentary about gay life in the 80's can score a 95 and this movie gets such a low rating. This is an excellentI don't understand how a documentary about gay life in the 80's can score a 95 and this movie gets such a low rating. This is an excellent movie. If you have any type of moral fiber you will enjoy it. I am amazed at how really good movies get bad reviews from the "experts". Just because you may not agree with the message, doesn't mean its a bad movie. I didn't give 'broke back mountain' a bad review because I didn't like its message. Full Review »