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Grace Is Gone

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

James C. Strouse

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About the Movie

In one of his most acclaimed performances, John Cusack makes an astonishing transformation as Stanley Philips, a sad, disconnected man unable to tell his young daughters their mother, a soldier, has died in Iraq. Instead, he takes the girls on a road trip, where their innocent charm helps him rediscover a healing joy he thought he'd lost forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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62%
  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 28
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For most of its 85 minutes Grace Is Gone, a small, tender film about contemporary parenthood in wartime, carries off a delicate balancing act. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A moving and tender family drama, built on the foundation of a serious contemporary issue. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: In a year that has seen wave after wave of films addressing the war in Iraq with varying degrees of anger and frustration, Grace serves as a gently thoughtful coda and reminder of what continues. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: Rather than challenging our national aversion to unhappy endings, both in life and in cinema, [director] Strouse plays right into it. He's devised Grace Is Gone to work on our sentiments the way a porn movie works on our libidos. – Scott Foundas, Village Voice, Mar 28, 2008

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Customer Reviews

John Cusack shines

John Cusack shines in this moving film about a man who doesn't quite know how to tell his two young daughters their mother has been killed in Iraq. While figuring out how to deliver the devastating news, he takes the girls on a road trip to visit Enchanted Gardens. The theme park serves somewhat as a metaphor -- symbolizing happiness and sheer innocence -- that Stanley Philips (Cusack) wants his daughters to experience one last time before they must face the realities of loss.

The poignant score by Clint Eastwood perfectly captures the story of one man's struggle with grief and uncertainty while outwardly trying to keep up appearances of adventurous joy.

Strong in powering movie

This is such a Good Movie , it didn't only make me Cry but it made me realize no matter what goes on thru life you'll always have your family to be there & the person you lost will always be with you in Your Heart!

great movie

This is a heart breaking story. Love John Cusack in this movie not the kind of character that I am use to seeing him in.