On Chesil Beach (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

On Chesil Beach (2018)



Critic Consensus: On Chesil Beach presents a well-acted and solidly crafted adaptation of a small yet resonant story with deceptively rich subtext.

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Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.


Saoirse Ronan
as Florence Ponting
Emily Watson
as Violet Ponting
Anne-Marie Duff
as Marjorie Mayhew
Samuel West
as Geoffrey Ponting
Billy Howle
as Edward Mayhew
Bebe Cave
as Ruth Ponting
Adrian Scarborough
as Lionel Mayhew
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There's splendid acting across the board and assured direction by Cooke, a stage veteran making his feature debut...

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What worked on the page, more or less, struggles on screen...

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If you think this is just another exercise in arthouse cinema, you're in for a surprise.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is seriously depressing stuff. But good! Really. Don't let the downbeat vibe scare you off. Much.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The filmmakers and their charmingly sympathetic leads leave us with a picture of connubial needs and desires which, while maybe improbable, conjures up all the absorbing wistfulness of a classic weepie.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In its own delicate way, like a piece of tear-soaked tissue paper, it holds the memory of heartbreak.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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