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The Greatest (2009)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Shana Feste

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Plot Summary

The story of Allen and Grace Brewer, a couple grieving after the death of their older son Bennett in a car crash. When a woman, Rose, contacts them and reveals she is pregnant with Bennett's child, the Brewers invite her to stay in their home. At first, Rose's presence threatens to tear the family even further apart, but her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Although The Greatest is a histrionic mess, at least it looks clean. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 8, 2010

Fresh: Though it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes than a complete story, some moments are so raw and insightful that they feel like a punch to the heart. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Delayed grief and it's cartoons

An adult film about grief; although the subject matter is dark, the story is uplifting an often funny. However unfortunately the sometimes brilliant screenplay and good directing needed editing to make it all come together. The character of the mother is over the top and irritatingly selfish... Her grief and her acts sometimes come off fake. Just the same, the dynamic in the movie is generally believable and often extremely interesting to anyone who has ever experienced Grief's strange effects. In the end the workout of this deep human primal experience feels truthful and fulfilling.

The Greatest

Regardless of anything else, this movie's great because of the 2 scenes. The dinner conversation at the table when Susan Sarandon's character keeps bringing up Bennett and she's smiling, but crying emotionally.
And the scene when she comes home and finds the maid cleaning out Bennett's room and they start yelling and the man has the heartattack, and Ryan starts doing drugs, and it's all happening while playing "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" by Fleet Foxes.

My Favorite Movie

Despite all the negative reviews, I love this movie. I STILL get teary eyed when I watch the trailer and only God knows how many times I've watched it.

The Greatest (2009)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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