We gave it a B
As singer-songwriter Denise Waverly, whose story superficially resembles Carole King’s, Douglas’ performance is so moving and strong, it’s a shame the picture spins out of control around her. There’s a lot of contrived a clef business, for one thing, with her boss (John Turturro) looking like Phil Spector and a marriage to a troubled surf-rock genius a la Brian Wilson (the insufferable Dillon). Then writer-director Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging) goes a step beyond by adding overreaching plot developments and sabotaging her movie’s emotional potential. But for fans of ’60s pop, Grace of My Heart is a must-see, with some of its clever song pastiches a must-rewind.