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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Brosnan has never been so opened up, so emotional and yet so precise in his work. It's a lovely performance in a film that only sometimes deserves him. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Greatest raises compelling questions about how parents continue on after the death of a child. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dignity dies a million deaths despite the best intentions. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    So the screenplay is a soap operatic mess, involving distractions, loose ends, and sheer carelessness. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The filmmaker’s uncertainty shows itself in drably functional camerawork and an over-reliance on Christophe Beck’s tasteful piano-and-violin score. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    What a waste of a talented cast! There are times when it can be depressing to see so much acting potential wasted on a script unable to elicit the best from its stars, and this is one such occasion. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Given that Sarandon played this same role so sublimely before in "Moonlight Mile," her devolution into theatrical rending of garments and gnashing of teeth is particularly disappointing, but no one--not Brosnan’s shell-shocked–by-numbers patriarch nor Mulligan’s wide-eyed waif--comes out of this steroidal pity party unscathed. show more

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