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  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Sporadic on-field violence is only a tiny reason that Gracie disappoints, but it's indicative of the film's greater problem. Producers Elisabeth and Andrew Shue seem so intent on creating a hero out of the main character and villains out of almost everyone else, that they've completely distorted reality. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Gracie is ably played by Carly Schroeder, and the tale of her uphill battle to play competitive soccer is based on the youthful activism of actress Elisabeth Shue. Shue was the first person in her New Jersey community to break down the hurdles erected to keep girls from the sport. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Guggenheim doesn't bring much visual style to the game. But he brings heart (and some Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack) to the story of a lost Jersey girl redeemed by sport. Yeah, I cried. And cheered. You will too. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A nicely confident Schroeder strides though the movie as if it's a masterpiece, and Mulroney is equally charismatic. But they can't quite save Gracie from feeling like a vanity project that will appeal mostly to middle-school soccer teams, and various extended members of the Shue family. show more

  • 50
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    For all the personal ties to the material, the film too often reaches for broad-strokes inspiration in a way that feels generic. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Dermot Mulroney takes the largest male role, that of the driven ex-soccer star and patriarch of the onscreen family. From certain angles he looks like a Shue too. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The New Jersey locations and soundtrack help ground the story in a particular time and place, and Schroeder delivers a terrific performance. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An inspirational sports movie, soccer subdivision, and it stops at every expected station of the cross on its road to the triumphant against-all-odds finale (in sudden-death overtime, yet). Yet it also feels appealingly handmade in a way most jock dramas don't. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    For all its faults, Gracie is made with enough grace to get us rooting for the protagonist. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Guggenheim managed to turn a Power Point presentation into a crowd-pleasing Academy Award winner, but he can't do much to free Gracie from its constraints and clichés. show more

  • December 12, 2010 dgolds1946
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    Carly Schroeder is the winner here; the film can't possibly work unless she's believable in the part. Undoubtedly, the film makers wanted an actress who was visually appealing, but the more difficult feat was finding an actress who looked both physical and athletic. That's a tough, three legged parlay, but Schroeder looks and acts the part. I also toast the filmmakers since they were reliving the tragic loss of someone they loved. It would have been an easy slip to over-sentimentalize, and, not surprisingly, the film does walk a tightrope at times in that respect. But they never go overboard. The father/daughter relationship here is what holds the movie together, even more than the obvious "destination" of success for Gracie. It's the kind of relationship that makes families such a dangerous but necessary structure. An enjoyable film.

  • May 22, 2008 huntincrazy06
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    I LIKE PIE!!!

  • May 22, 2008 lawcaroline
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    I am always looking for the kind of film that matter-of-factly informs girls that, through desire and plain hard work, you can achieve your goals. That is a common, obvious message, but ask yourself how many movies are delivering that message to girls without also referring, whether overtly or by implication, to appearance and sexuality. The universe of those films is tiny. Well, finally, here is one!! Unfortunately, this movie was marketed poorly and did not do well at the box office. That does not mean, however, that it should die on the vine as a dvd. If you think a simple positive message of grit and determination for girls is worthy of wide distribution, then its going to take word of mouth to do it, because clearly the studios don't care. Spread the word about Gracie!!

  • May 22, 2008 enos1234
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    I liked the movie. The acting was wonderful. However the "car scene at the beach" could have been left out. As a parent of a nine year old girl ( who loves to play soccer)it was inappropriate.

  • May 22, 2008 musicrose05
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    I thought it was just going to be one of those stupid sport films, but it ended up being very entertaining and witty.I absolutly loved this movie.Its one of my favorite movies I've rented this year and yes I'm going to buy it!

  • May 22, 2008 ajustice13
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    The Huddle House breakfast is excellent, there steaks are out of this world to be an diner, I am from New York and Philly and there Philly omelet is awesome. The staff is very friendly they make you feel at home, the watress Name Tammie was one of the most carring waitresses I have ever encountered I will never forget her the cook made everything perfect I didn't get his name but he was pretty tall. I will definitely be going back there, and to think I just stopped for gas and found NC best kept secret.

  • May 22, 2008 Michel
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    This movie is hilarious. Anyone that is bitching about the movie's amount of swearing and its chauvinistic outlook obviously lacks depth to their personality. This movie was merely hilarious and if you didn't think so you need to release some tension in your life because your strung up.

  • May 22, 2008 rms627
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    Philadelphian John Doman is Wonderful in this entertaining movie!! Take all your family and friends!!!

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