Only the Brave Reviews

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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.
December 1, 2017
It deserves credit for the way it tells a difficult story.
November 20, 2017
The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots deserves a better movie.
November 12, 2017
Only the Brave is the film-making equivalent of the plaid shirt and denim jeans favoured by the men for their off-duty attire. It's obvious, safe and as familiar as beer and banter.
November 10, 2017
We are all biding macho time until the big one comes around. It eventually does arrive and the results are properly bone-shaking. Tougher than the rest.
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 9, 2017
Its real subject, it soon turns out, is death, not survival.
November 8, 2017
Kosinski's direction comes good for the harrowing climax.
November 8, 2017
Long, tedious and not much fun at all. The ending is good though.
October 24, 2017
Only the Brave feels like a film that would have made sense coming from Peter Berg or Michael Bay, but Kosinski mostly pulls back on the macho cheerleading to find something more objective, and ultimately, deeply emotional.
October 23, 2017
Though the movie, based on an article in GQ, by Sean Flynn, offers fascinating insights into the practical exertions and bureaucratic complications of firefighting, it places much greater emphasis on the protagonists' personal lives.
October 21, 2017
Although probably a little too long, the film succeeds in being both emotionally forceful and dramatically satisfying.
October 20, 2017
This is a seriously magnificent motion picture, one I'm almost certain to still be talking about as the year inches closer to its conclusion.
October 20, 2017
Only the Brave is essentially a war film, with brave commanders and earnest (and not so earnest) young men who love each other fighting a menacing and relentless enemy.
October 20, 2017
Although Only the Brave is a well-acted and well-made film with a gut-wrenching true story, the testosterone with which it defines itself is almost overwhelming.
October 20, 2017
The based-on-a-true-story Only the Brave is visually and narratively strong, but falters when it steps outside of a totally masculine zone.
October 20, 2017
Only the Brave is not a hollow Hollywood action movie: it's a tribute to a group of men, and their supportive women, who made a difference. Watching the film is a humbling and intensely moving experience.
October 20, 2017
Kosinski lets the story unfold at a measured pace - so much so that by the time we reach the climactic scene, we're unprepared for what unfolds. As a result, it's even more devastating and effective.
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.
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