Reviews: Not Fade Away (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ The Atlantic
    • Excerpt: The only thing that makes Not Fade Away more of a “film” than The Sopranos is its (surely expensive) production design and considerable music licensing budget—it’s certainly not the narrative, which is clearly the work of a man far more accustomed to telling stories in 13 hours than two.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The problem with Not Fade Away is that it never expands beyond what it first seems to be. Maybe Chase just needs more time to tell a story.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: The personal writing yields flavorful portrayals of 1960s families. At the same time, Not Fade Away is more than a little aimless.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Chase and Gandolfini have created a completely different New Jersey dad with Pat, a decent man with far more depth, wants and desires than his son has ever imagined. He’s heart breaking here
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: NOT FADE AWAY’s look at the schism that develops between the Greatest Generation and the newer, Summer of Love one plays like a gentler QUADROPHENIA, the Franc Roddam film based on the Who’s rock opera.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: David Chase’s new film is a cynical, snarky, derivative broken record.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: A wistful, bittersweet remembrance of the emerging ’60s counterculture.
  • Danny King @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: [When] it comes time to really drill down a precise dynamic, the film settles for broad strokes, ‘Twilight Zone’ clips, and quotations from Orson Welles.
  • [New – 4/25] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: I hate to fault a movie for trying to do too much, because so many movies don’t try to do hardly anything at all, but that’s exactly how Sopranos-creator David Chase fumbles his reels with Not Fade Away, his feature debut as a writer and director–there’s just too damn much going on.
  • Stephen Saito @
    • Excerpt: After mastering one medium, the creator of “The Sopranos” and “Northern Exposure” gets personal with his first film, a passionate, tough love letter to Jersey and making it in the music business.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Chase shows enough to give us hope that he has a bright future as a film director, but falls short of creating a story that translates effectively to the big screen.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: “Not Fade Away” is a freeform drama about an old fashioned subject — the romantic rite to passage that comes from playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: Stronger on atmosphere than dramatic vitality.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles
    • Excerpt: The primary problem with Not Fade Away is that Chase’s affection for musicians and this particular period in American history are so strong that he can’t sustain the narrative and thematic nerve that the story needs.

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