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Only the Brave Reviews

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October 31, 2018
No spoilers, but I'm not sure there's even such a thing as a "Firefighter Biopic" with a happy ending, so... yeah.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
October 10, 2018
Both Brolin and Teller offer heartfelt performances when navigating the script's paternity motif, especially in its aspect of reversing their absent-father status.
October 10, 2018
Moments when those personality shortcomings rise to the surface are the most powerful because they expose the psychological challenges of living inside and outside this job.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 14, 2018
Only the Brave is a powerful and emotional film (coming) out of a good place ... as a tribute to the firefighters lost ... but (those) still risking their lives everyday.
March 5, 2018
...powerful, charismatic performances. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 20, 2018
...no more than an exercise in special effects and pyromania. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 23, 2018
It was great and it was inspiring...it brings to life things that are taken for granted.
January 19, 2018
Only The Brave squanders any potential to say something profound by getting caught up in regurgitating a flaccid story about heroism that we've been spoonfed since Sept. 11, 2001.
December 26, 2017
It takes a very respectful view of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, with just the right emotional kick to leave an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 18, 2017
... the memory of the event provides emotional ballast to the formulaic fare, and Only the Brave bests its Hollywood creation to become a heartfelt tribute, yee-hawing bro pranks and all.
December 17, 2017
Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its heroic machismo at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 13, 2017
"Only the Brave" is a rare action film that relies on restraint and gives us heroes not from comic books but from real life.
December 12, 2017
The film also serves to highlight the dearth of such films in Australia. It's not as though there aren't similar heroes to celebrate, yet the persistence of cultural cringe seems to prevent local filmmakers from producing films such as Only the Brave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 1, 2017
The fires themselves are frighteningly well staged, and by the film's conclusion the courage and dedication of these firemen has been amply demonstrated. It's a pity that the film that tells their story wasn't a little less clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 30, 2017
...you'd need a particularly hard heart not to be moved by their story.
November 30, 2017
It deserves credit for the way it tells a difficult story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 30, 2017
For a film so unambiguously cheering for its heroes, it has an unsettling way of questioning the cost of their achievement.
November 29, 2017
A superb ensemble cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 26, 2017
Director Joseph Kosinksi's fair dinkum approach suits the material well. What Only the Brave lacks in dramatic inventiveness, it makes up for in honest-to-goodness storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 19, 2017
The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots deserves a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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