Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. 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.
  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: Mike Scott
    Feb 25, 2011
    25
    A movie that wears its heart on its sleeve.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 25, 2011
    70
    The Grace Card is a surprisingly hard-edged, faith-based drama.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 24, 2011
    50
    To say that The Grace Card piles it on is an understatement of profound dimensions.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »