On Chesil Beach Reviews

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August 17, 2018
These two really do love each other, but Florence cannot abide the physical realm. The director gives us a clear indication of why, and then ignores the elephant he has made sure we see.
June 7, 2018
That this likeable young couple won't be able to get past their problem will not come as a surprise to fans of McEwan, though the way that he and director Dominic Cooke present it evokes our empathy.
June 4, 2018
"On Chesil Beach" is PBS-tasteful in its approach, but its power rests in a restraint that makes what it builds to all the more moving.
June 1, 2018
What had been impossibly sweet becomes simply impossible, and old-fashioned mores prove unsuited to the task of navigating the emotional morass.
June 1, 2018
"On Chesil Beach" clumsily deals with the issues it addresses.
May 25, 2018
What a prestigious, understated, classy inducement to take a nap.
May 28, 2019
Despite strong performances and a promising premise, On Chesil Beach lacks a directorial vision to elevate it to a breathtaking work of art, and suffers from a script that doesn't know where to stop for its own good on screen.
April 24, 2019
[It] builds a touching but frankly-told period love story that underscores the power of social-sexual attitudes over love and how life can turn on moment to moment choices.
April 16, 2019
The delay may have had something to do with the tone: if sex sells, a movie blaming sex for the ruination of a perfectly good love story is a hard sell indeed.
February 12, 2019
There is a significant backstory that - although purposefully left ambiguous - is a detriment to an otherwise quite powerful period piece.
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