On Chesil Beach Reviews

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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 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 2, 2019
"On Chesil Beach" can't even be called nihilistic, because even nihilism requires commitment.
January 24, 2019
By keeping a literary structure intact, the film is dead on arrival.
January 19, 2019
Structurally inert.
October 18, 2018
"On Chesil Beach" looks like a tasteful period piece you might rent with mom, but things take a graphic turn, and you do not want to have a family member in the room with you when they do.
August 27, 2018
Unfortunately, by the final act of the film we've lost any empathy for these two. And there's little rationale as to why they should matter to anyone else.
August 24, 2018
Leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
August 24, 2018
Ronan and Howle are lovely together, but their performances can't distract from the sense that this is a story that worked better on the page.
August 21, 2018
"On Chesil Beach" could've delved deeper into societal pressures, sex, and more, but it relied on springing the surprise at the end of the film and leaving there with no real follow-through.
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.
August 15, 2018
The film....fails its audience by not adequately demonstrating why the two central characters belonged to each other in the first place.
August 13, 2018
On Chesil Beach balances idyllic pastoral scenes with the screaming awkwardness of a honeymoon, but when it catches up with itself it can't quite keep up.
August 12, 2018
It's a movie that stumbles out of the gate. But after a fumbling first act, the story deepens alongside the narrative conflicts.
August 9, 2018
There's a certain staginess at play, and the film's timeline-jumping narrative can be frustrating along with a tendency to think that two protagonists shouting at each other constitutes powerful drama.
June 22, 2018
The structure crafts a view of class and sex that's inquisitive and thorough, but its ambitious reach exceeds its grasp, and it certainly makes it clear that it was helmed and written by men.
June 15, 2018
With a powerful secondary cast... and despite the excellent performances and deliberate narration, the film fails to capture the imagination of the audience and the power of the novel simply does not transfer to the screen. [Full review in Spanish]
June 13, 2018
For viewers, the remainder of On Chesil Beach becomes consumed with trying to figure out who hurt Florence - which is actually a pretty crappy way to watch a movie!
June 13, 2018
Sloppy, inconsistent storytelling keeps us from getting caught up in the tale's emotional core, and the audience, too, leaves unsatisfied.
June 7, 2018
Falls prey to the "if you didn't read the book then you won't understand the movie" arc. So maybe read the book first.
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