Only the Brave Reviews

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October 24, 2017
Only the Brave feels like a film that would have made sense coming from Peter Berg or Michael Bay, but Kosinski mostly pulls back on the macho cheerleading to find something more objective, and ultimately, deeply emotional.
October 23, 2017
Though the movie, based on an article in GQ, by Sean Flynn, offers fascinating insights into the practical exertions and bureaucratic complications of firefighting, it places much greater emphasis on the protagonists' personal lives.
October 21, 2017
Although probably a little too long, the film succeeds in being both emotionally forceful and dramatically satisfying.
October 20, 2017
Kosinski lets the story unfold at a measured pace - so much so that by the time we reach the climactic scene, we're unprepared for what unfolds. As a result, it's even more devastating and effective.
October 20, 2017
It's a movie intent on telling us the hotshots were heroes, without sufficiently dramatizing either their professional decisions or their private lives.
October 20, 2017
Director Joseph Kosinski puts the brotherhood of the unit front and center, emphasizing the bonds forged over sweat and soot. He directs with a sense of duty to honor the crew, and he does the job.
June 4, 2019
While Only the Brave follows a similar structure, Kosinski manages to work within the formula to create something with a little more emotional heft.
May 8, 2019
If you enjoy a firefighter film that develops solid characters, this film will deliver.
March 9, 2019
You will be moved by this movie. The filmmakers didn't go overboard with the action scenes or the melodrama, as other films of this sort tend to do.
February 21, 2019
Entertaining enough if you're willing to overlook the blatant disregard for cliché-avoidance that we see from Kosinski.
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