Only the Brave Reviews

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October 3, 2019
[Only the Brave is] an earnest reminder there are still real heroes in the world willing to die for a cause. Despite this, the script feels predictable, sometimes sappy and forced. It more than flickers but never erupts into full flame.
July 21, 2019
A competent if conventional drama. But who gets the blame for that wince-inducing CGI bear hurtling through the woods like an ursine Human Torch?
February 20, 2018 more than an exercise in special effects and pyromania. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 19, 2018
Only The Brave squanders any potential to say something profound by getting caught up in regurgitating a flaccid story about heroism that we've been spoonfed since Sept. 11, 2001.
December 18, 2017
Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its heroic machismo at every turn.
December 2, 2017
The fires themselves are frighteningly well staged, and by the film's conclusion the courage and dedication of these firemen has been amply demonstrated. It's a pity that the film that tells their story wasn't a little less clunky.
November 20, 2017
The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots deserves a better movie.
November 12, 2017
It's well-meaning but a more exciting movie might have been a better tribute.
November 10, 2017
... a corny soup of macho clichs and empty theatrics...
November 9, 2017
A salt-of-the-earth tale that'll play well in red states, but offers little spark.
November 8, 2017
Long, tedious and not much fun at all. The ending is good though.
October 20, 2017
It looks good, it features a lot of committed actors, and it's completely hollow.
October 20, 2017
Despite the filmmakers' best intentions, Only the Brave, which is expanded from former Boston Herald reporter Sean Flynn's GQ article, emerges as inert drama as we ever so slowly journey to that awful end.
October 20, 2017
It's a movie intent on telling us the hotshots were heroes, without sufficiently dramatizing either their professional decisions or their private lives.
October 19, 2017
As the actress Sylvia Sidney once said about the weepy parts she had, [Jennifer] Connelly should have been paid by the tear.
October 19, 2017
Director Joseph Kosinski makes effective use of the wide-screen frame (particularly in capturing the Arizona vistas), though he fails to build on any of the script's straightforward themes.
October 19, 2017
A decent, well-crafted film, but ultimately more workmanlike than inspired, though one has to commend its commitment to authenticity while regretting its periodic lapses into domestic melodrama.
October 19, 2017
About as narratively satisfying as reading a memorial plaque.
October 18, 2017
In spite of its A-list cast, the film's TV movie-of-the-week quality makes this a so-so watch.
October 18, 2017
This film makes such firefighters into cartoons, which ill serves their legacy.
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