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“Chiarelli is one of those rare actors who inhabit a character so fully that you forget you’re watching someone act: she is so present in her body that even the movements of her feet, as she sits in a chair or sprawls on the bed, are expressive.” 
– Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straigh
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“Gina Chiarelli just keeps getting better and better. She goes through an emotional and physical oredeal each night and her performance will flay all the protective covering right off your soul.”
– Jo Ledingham, The Courier

“Class acting….Gina Chiarelli shows us how it’s done.”
– Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun

“Gina Chiarelli goes beyond mere acting to ‘becoming.’
– Jo Ledingham, Courier

“Emotions pour out of Chiarelli with such ease, variety, and force; it’s as if she’s channelling the collective sorrows of everyone in the audience. Every nuance is crystal clear…Watching her was all I really wanted to do the entire evening.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“Chiarelli’s work is always powered by her enormous, honest, and instantly accessed emotional resources.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“Chiarelli is one of those rare actors who inhabit a character so fully that you forget you’re watching someone act: she is so present in her body that even the movements of her feet, as she sits in a chair or sprawls on the bed, are expressive.”
– Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

“On Sunday, Gina Chiarelli received two much-deserved standing ovations for her grippingly honest, tour-de-force performance as a schizophrenic who prophesizes the end of the world in Pete McCormack’s See Grace Fly.”
– Globe & Mail

“There’s a moment when Gina Chiarelli leaps on a table, in the midst of raging angst, that’s so devilishly funny it’s almost sinful.”
– Damian Inwood, The Province

“Word has it that if, at the festival’s closing night gala, someone had won the Women In Film and Video Artistic Merit Award other than Gina Chiarelli, the recipient would have waded into the audience and given it to her, for her Oscar worthy performance as a schizophrenic in Pete McCormack’s See Grace Fly.”
– Vancouver International Film Festival

“Chiarelli, who picked up the best actress award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, plays Grace McKinley. The film belongs to Chiarelli. She sells every line with a balance of bravura and emotional subtlety, eliciting sympathy and mystery through even her most absurd speeches. See Grace Fly is good for any debut feature, and it’s her performance that gives it wings.”
– The Eye

“It’s heart-wrenching. Gina Chiarelli is flawless as Grace, losing her beauty in the weathered features of her character. The climax of her breakdown, where she realizes she is ill but cannot stop, is breathtaking. Without a doubt the best Canadian film since The Barbarian Invasions.”
– Westender

“Chiarelli’s possessed portrayal of a brilliant 38-year-old woman out to warn the world that the end is nigh is the reason awards were invented.”
– Montreal Gazette

“Whenever Chiarelli is on the screen you can’t keep your eyes off her”
– Montreal World Film Festival

“Anyone who’s seen Gina Chiarelli perform knows the actress plunges herself so deeply into a role it’s difficult to separate the woman from the character…this actress has a singular talent to transport audiences to a different reality by channelling the raw emotions of whoever she’s playing. She’s done it again in See Grace Fly, a film about a brilliant woman suffering from schizophrenia.”
– Vancouver Courier