Breathe (2017)


Critic Consensus: Strong performances from Breathe's well-matched leads help add an edge to a biopic that takes a decidedly heartwarming approach to its real-life story.


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For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, BREATHE is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.

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Andrew Garfield
as Robin Cavendish
Claire Foy
as Diana Blacker
Diana Rigg
as Lady Neville
Miranda Raison
as Mary Dawnay

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Critic Reviews for Breathe

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (27)

It's an eerily skilful performance by Garfield, making it easy to imagine that he really is trying to master the art of speech by regulating his flow of available air.

Dec 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Garfield and Foy do standout jobs of bringing honesty and realism to their roles, but "Breathe" often suffers from sucking in too much air.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Breathe has moments of emotional resonance but the overall experience feels flat and familiar.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This is a film that rises above the doldrums. It inspires in the best way, in large part because it's based on a true story.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Thirty minutes in, we're pretty sure we know how the movie is going to turn out - even if we're unfamiliar with Robin's remarkable journey and his lasting impact. That doesn't mean Breathe isn't worth seeing.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If its subject were around to see this film, would he appreciate the tender care that his son obviously took in making it? Or might he be annoyed to have so little attention paid to what he himself was thinking?

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breathe

This is another great performance from Andrew Garfield in what is a touching and heartfelt story about overcoming serious illness. As this is a real-life story it is even more poignant, especially seeing the strength of character shine through that also led to a medical innovation now common all over the world. Highly recommended.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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