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Only the Brave Reviews

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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.
November 8, 2017
Long, tedious and not much fun at all. The ending is good though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2017
In spite of its A-list cast, the film's TV movie-of-the-week quality makes this a so-so watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2017
A salt-of-the-earth tale that'll play well in red states, but offers little spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2017
It's well-meaning but a more exciting movie might have been a better tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2017
Director Joseph Kosinski makes effective use of the wide-screen frame (particularly in capturing the Arizona vistas), though he fails to build on any of the script's straightforward themes.
October 19, 2017
About as narratively satisfying as reading a memorial plaque.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
October 19, 2017
As the actress Sylvia Sidney once said about the weepy parts she had, [Jennifer] Connelly should have been paid by the tear.
October 17, 2017
In the face of human emotions, its craftsmanship turns workmanlike.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 9, 2017
... a corny soup of macho clichés and empty theatrics...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2017
This film makes such firefighters into cartoons, which ill serves their legacy.
October 19, 2017
A decent, well-crafted film, but ultimately more workmanlike than inspired, though one has to commend its commitment to authenticity while regretting its periodic lapses into domestic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 20, 2017
Despite the filmmakers' best intentions, Only the Brave, which is expanded from former Boston Herald reporter Sean Flynn's GQ article, emerges as inert drama as we ever so slowly journey to that awful end.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 20, 2017
It looks good, it features a lot of committed actors, and it's completely hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2017
Kosinski has given us a film telling a story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
October 16, 2017
The performances are noteworthy, but what really stands out are the fires, majestic and horrifying at the same time.
October 18, 2017
Strong acting and detailed but unfussy direction by Joseph Kosinski carry the film through the few saccharine sticky spots, and overall the film is grounded in examining the kind of person who's drawn to this work, and what it costs them to do it.
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