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  • Summary: When a young woman, Rose, shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewers are forced to take her in.  At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to beWhen a young woman, Rose, shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewers are forced to take her in.  At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together. (Paladin Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 75
    A film of maturity and courage, one that kept me consistently engaged. Quite an accomplishment, really, for a new filmmaker on her first date with a camera.
  2. 63
    Brosnan, on a roll with this film and "The Ghost Writer," vividly etches the emotional fissures in a man coming apart. The Greatest takes a piece out of you.
  3. Brosnan, who finds the truth in his character, is quite affecting. And Mulligan, gamely defining a surprisingly undefined young woman, is like a sunbeam piercing the gloom.
  4. 50
    So the screenplay is a soap operatic mess, involving distractions, loose ends, and sheer carelessness.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    50
    Unfortunately, though its heart is smack in the right place, The Greatest tends to play more like a collection of appropriate, well-acted scenes than as a fully satisfying narrative.
  6. Not a sterling example of how to make a high-toned weepie, let alone a serious examination of trauma.
  7. Not even the skillful performances of its stars, Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, playing the boy’s parents, can cover up the mysterious gaps in continuity of a screenplay whose thudding dialogue spells out every emotion while refusing to clarify many crucial plot details.

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