In the Heart of the Sea Reviews

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April 18, 2019
It ends up just feeling really bland and boring and slow.
April 8, 2019
Despite the best efforts of the filmmakers, In the Heart of the Sea is a few knots away from being the transformative cinema experience intended.
March 30, 2019
Howard wants his film to be so much more than a mere battle between men and a giant fish, and, at times, you can feel him getting that across. Unfortunately, the characters and sense of danger are too watered down.
October 10, 2018
The film could have been more, given the talent involved, but tough it is to control a ship with a poorly-designed rudder.
August 21, 2018
The two principle actors embody their roles well but the problem is not much happens after, wait for it have I said too much, the sinking of the ship.
December 4, 2017
At least Chris Hemsworth is great
October 14, 2017
It's too bad-in the right, Herzogian hands, this could have been one of the great Man vs. Nature epics in cinema. Instead it's a boring, lame Moby Dick spin-off.
September 21, 2017
Director Ron Howard tries to cram in too much material, resulting in bite-sized exposition.
September 12, 2017
There are moments that drag like a fouled anchor, when Howard's Hollywood sensibility gets a little schmaltzy-swelling music, philosophical points driven home with harpoon-like subtlety, and a bracketing story that interrupts more often than it informs
February 24, 2017
In the Heart of the Sea is an all-around disappointment. The film suffers from poor direction, an unfocused narrative, and some very underdeveloped characters.
August 16, 2016
In the Heart of the Sea loses the human intimacy that makes this epic what it is, the resulting movie is nothing more than an empty voyage to nowhere that sinks far more often than it swims.
August 4, 2016
There's a lot of good actors in this movie, but they're given so little to do besides run around and shout in the midst of splashing waves.
July 11, 2016
In the Heart of the Sea is a big, top-notch adventure story with nothing to say, if that floats your perennial boat.
May 25, 2016
Howard sets sail with a screenplay lacking a compass and runs aground soon after.
April 14, 2016
"In The Heart Of The Sea" is so flat it could be used to level a table.
April 5, 2016
With action that varies between middling and tedious, the only winner in Hemsworth holding a harpoon aloft and starving for this Behind-the-Music tale is Hemsworth himself.
March 31, 2016
Exciting at times, but seemingly overly ambitious on others, it's not a complete waste of time, but it's hard not to expect more from such rich material in the hands of a filmmaker like Ron Howard.
March 26, 2016
The film's most affecting scenes (are of) Herman Melville interviewing a survivor of the wreck.They sit in a small living room, huddled as close as the survivors in a lifeboat - and as bound by the story of the Essex as was its ill-fated crew.
March 14, 2016
There's hardly a genuine moment, and a framing device only adds another layer of dramatization to something that already plays like a big-budget History Channel re-enactment.
March 7, 2016
Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea is a beautifully-made film that features stunning visual effects, but it's ultimately let down by a bland screenplay that's unable to bring out the exciting and epic nature of the story.
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