In the Heart of the Sea Reviews

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December 27, 2015
The huge, whale-sized problem is that Howard can't decide if this is dark, adult fare or a rollicking tale of derring-do.
December 21, 2015
What remains is an opportunity for an intense, Jaws-like thalassophobic nightmare, squandered.
December 17, 2015
Howard is a director who believes in strong, primary-colour storytelling, with plenty of uncomplicated emotion. Yet this story is oddly more subtle than you might think ...
December 16, 2015
The vintage grotesquerie of the regular old whaling process turns out to be more disturbing than the dark adventures that are In the Heart of the Sea's reason for being.
December 14, 2015
Warner Bros. would have been better off sticking with the film's original March release date and selling it as a horror movie.
December 14, 2015
If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash."
December 12, 2015
If a silent whale is your most magnetic screen presence, he should probably appear for more than a few minutes.
December 11, 2015
There's a hollow at the heart of things, a strange decency and politeness for a film that strives to depict, in epic form, man's dark and visceral struggle with the world and himself.
December 11, 2015
If the movie accomplishes nothing else, though, I hope it inspires the curious to actually sit down and finally read Moby-Dick.
December 11, 2015
Most of the second half is spent drifting with them on lifeboats. In these interminable minutes, we don't get anything resembling an understanding of how they survived (or didn't) either mentally or physically.
December 11, 2015
A few scenes in In the Heart of the Sea hint at how effective the film might have been if told purely as a gripping story of man versus nature.
December 11, 2015
The meat-and-potatoes Howard is uncomfortable in the realm of the spirit, or the metaphysical. He can film objects, and he can film people, but he can't quite film emptiness. The cosmic vastness of the sea eludes him.
December 11, 2015
At the heart of the problem with this period piece is an absence of a riveting scene or a memorable slice of dialogue.
December 11, 2015
A lumbering sea adventure that never finds its bearings, Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" is a whale of a dud.
December 11, 2015
It is so very many different things, but they all feel detached from each other, almost like a bunch of self-contained mini-movies stitched end-to-end, with the framing device serving as needle and thread.
December 10, 2015
Howard creates an immersive, gorgeously shot experience pitting man against beast in the ocean for the film's most spectacular scenes, which are reminiscent of old-school scope of Mutiny on the Bounty and other watery adventures of yesteryear.
December 10, 2015
All the accents in this movie sound as if the actors had been coached to talk like Red Sox fans magically transported to the 1820s.
December 10, 2015
Visually and viscerally, the film provides reasons to pay the price of admission and see it in a theater.
December 10, 2015
The biggest mistake here ... is a misbegotten decorousness that sinks the movie, stoving it as calamitously as an enraged whale.
Top Critic
December 10, 2015
The Essex becomes a stand-in for humanity's relationship with vengeful God and it's too much for the film to handle, especially when it relies so much on the author himself to give it significance. Leave that to Moby-Dick.
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