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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 19, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 19, 2017
While "Only the Brave" is consistently involving and entertaining, [its] desire to be accurate about a heroic reality proves to be an at times awkward fit with the conventions of this kind of earnest and old-fashioned Hollywood film.
October 19, 2017
The movie overall can feel more than a little formulaic, but as a tribute to real-life heroes, Only the Brave serves its purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
What goes down in Yarnell, and Kosinski's respectful portrayal of it, is undeniably devastating - and a well-deserved salute to a group of low-key heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2017
The cast as a whole, under the direction of Joseph Kosinski, brings gleeful energy to a group portrait of good souls in the American heartland, working one fire after another and living it up in between.
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
Take out the classic-rock soundtrack, and it could be a vintage Hollywood story of competence, camaraderie and derring-do; only its title feels generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
This is a job for real heroes. The reminder of their sacrifice could not come at a more opportune time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2017
Filled with male bonding and macho bravado, it's a polished, old-fashioned account of heroism, one whose familiar beats and episodic nature somewhat blunt its dramatic spark.
October 19, 2017
It's rare to see such imaginative energy expended to tell the stories of 'ordinary' men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
This may not be a story of triumph, but it's inspiring nevertheless.
October 19, 2017
Made with a combination of sincerity and technical skill that is effective on a fundamental level, even if it never quite becomes the devastating emotional experience that it clearly wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
"Only the Brave" gets better and better as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
This absorbing film gets the message across without sensationalism, delivering a straightforward portrait of regular working men toiling at an uncommonly risky job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2017
Only the Brave weaves together wholesome plot threads that will please mainstream crowds. But it is also boldly staged, with an inventive and informative approach to action filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2017
This film makes such firefighters into cartoons, which ill serves their legacy.
October 18, 2017
Through the ups and downs of training, a few moments of comedic relief and partying, detours into family drama, Only the Brave marches slowly and with increasing intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2017
The majesty of these images is in service of the story and the people in it - a true-life tale that will grasp onto your heart and hold on long after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2017
Under the direction of Joseph Kosinski, a large cast headed by Josh Brolin and Miles Teller bring great vitality and sensitivity to their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2017
In the face of human emotions, its craftsmanship turns workmanlike.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 17, 2017
A full portrait of sometimes-flawed men doing extraordinary things - an approach that makes the film so moving, its effect so shattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 17, 2017
The pacing is slow and deliberate. Director Joseph Kosinski knows that it takes time to build real relationships and feelings. When the story finally and inevitably leads to Yarnell Hill, in Arizona, the impact is devastating and hard to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 12, 2017
While aspects of the routine become mundane, it's the developing brotherhood amongst the men, and the sense of community around them, that ultimately strengthens this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2017
A gripping and powerfully emotional portrait of yee-haw heroism, pitting a squad of cocky, calendar-purty white dudes against an adversary with no creed or color, just an unquenchable appetite for destruction.
October 11, 2017
An engaging account of a tragic real-life story.
October 11, 2017
Only the Brave is a visually splendid, spellbinding, and surreal movie that also happens to be an emotionally shattering, over-the-top ugly-cry for the ages.
October 11, 2017
Only the Brave breaks no fresh ground, but it's a quaint elegy almost exclusively designed to resurrect lives lost, to make the case for why they were worth living. At least on that level, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 11, 2017
In an era where the words "based on a true story" can give seasoned filmgoers a sinking feeling, this is a film where the complications and messiness of reality add genuine heft to the drama.