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The Baltimore Sun

Gracie is painfully earnest, which might be OK were it not also painfully trite, painfully cliched and painfully formulaic.

It doesn't help that the film is based on the real-life adolescence of its star and co-producer, Elisabeth Shue, because then the question becomes: Why not tell her story straight-out, sans embellishment? At least that would have had the ring of truth, as opposed to this contrived, if sincere, mess.

Gracie (Picturehouse Entertainment) Starring Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Rated PG-13. Time 95 minutes.

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