On Chesil Beach Reviews

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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.
February 12, 2019
There is a significant backstory that - although purposefully left ambiguous - is a detriment to an otherwise quite powerful period piece.
December 22, 2018
[Ronan's] work as Florence is probably too subtle to get her an Oscar, but she and the film itself deserve to be praised.
December 16, 2018
A film about how love is in contemporary time. About love and, at last, how love is a losing game, or a winning game. [Full review in Spanish]
October 28, 2018
If these two actors were appearing together in a modern romance their characters' Facebook relationship status would read, "It's complicated."
October 27, 2018
Florence and Edward are obviously in love, and perfectly at ease with the idea of spending the rest of their lives together, if only they can get through the wedding night.
October 23, 2018
Although the film follows its lead couple in being a bit too polite at first, "On Chesil Beach" grows into a drama as provocative as it is elegant.
September 10, 2018
There's an unnecessary epilogue but On Chesil Beach is still a moving character study about two people who struggle to express emotion.
September 1, 2018
"On Chesil Beach" is both a lovely story and a heartbreaking one. Ronan and Howle bring such strength and depth to their performances that you can't help rooting for them.
August 30, 2018
On Chesil Beach isn't the cheeriest of romances, and if you have read the book then the screen version isn't quite as lyrical. Rather, it's a contemplative slow burner that lingers with you for days.
August 28, 2018
I really did believe in the central couple and their alienation.
August 28, 2018
The gravity of one rash decision weighs heavily on both, and though McEwan's beloved pages may make that felt, Dominic's film does not.
August 27, 2018
Performances are universally excellent and the film is tastefully well done, though rather muted.
August 24, 2018
In the leads, Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are pretty much perfect, getting through McEwan's savagely petty dialogue, while communicating more with stance and gesture than was ever on the page.
August 21, 2018
As astute and insightful as McEwan's narrative is, it's the performances that give texture to a tale that otherwise works better on the page .
August 21, 2018
If Brooklyn and Lady Bird hadn't already swayed you, this latest British drama provides more compelling evidence as to why Saoirse Ronan is one of the finest actors of her generation.
August 20, 2018
Worthy of its stellar ingredients ... one of those adaptations - the TV version of Patrick Melrose is another - that looks and feels just like the book did in your head ... lifted ever skyward on the back of Ronan's impeccably modulated performance.
August 17, 2018
The leads put in terrific, touching work in this downbeat, introspective period drama, the backdrop of Chesil Beach providing a picturesque yet overcast frame to their dilemma.
August 10, 2018
These fine actors vividly bring McEwan's troubled lovers to life.
August 9, 2018
On Chesil Beach doesn't hit all the right notes but it does enough to be a graceful period drama about the unfulfilled promises we make to each other and ourselves.
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