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The Greatest

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


Three months after Allen and Grace Brewer's son died in a car accident, Rose shows up on their doorstep, pregnant with his child.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    52%
  • Audience Score
    54%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    52%
    reviews counted: 27
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  • Audience

    54%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I think that the performances and also the kind of relaxed style of direction kind of make this watchable.

- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, April 5, 2010

Rotten: Do not mistake The Greatest for a movie about Muhammad Ali. And do not think its ambitious title indicates its overall quality.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, April 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, Thursday, April 8, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

This was an over-dramatic, over-emotional and an overdone movie in almost all respects. The grieving of the parents for their dead son left no emotional impact, and so was the case with the dead guy's pregnant girlfriend and his brother. However, the execution was such that it almost brought me on the brink of weeping. I'd also like to clarify that I came on the verge of weeping due to the sheer boredom and not due to the effect generated by any of the scenes. The characters were so lame that it left no scope for good performance, so I can't comment on anyone's performance here.

- imrealgod, Thursday, March 10, 2011

4 stars

A glorious, unforgettable and love-filled gem of a movie. A heart-wrenching, deeply moving and astonishing film that takes your breath away. A triumph that fills your soul with hope and love. One of those cherished and remarkable films that you will just have to see. The performances are all extraordinary, some of the deepest and most effective acting you will see in a while. Pierce Brosnan is absolutely magnificent, he gives an affectionate, open and beautiful performance. Susan Sarandon gives a brilliant and heartbreaking performance. Carey Mulligan gives a wonderful and tremendous performance just showing more of why she is a born star. A gorgeous and outstanding movie.

- allan913, Friday, February 18, 2011

2 stars

The Greatest starts well but soon descends into a muddle of bad acting, awkward script and messy story-line. Some scenes are great though, Shana Feste lets the camera roll a little longer to great effect and overall, the editing is quite good. Ultimately the film is let down by the awful performances but then it is quite mis-cast. I can't stand Carey Mulligan to be honest and I'm not sure what all the fuss regarding her is all about. This film is not the greatest!

- SirPant, Tuesday, January 4, 2011