Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) Reviews

July 15, 2020
This aircraft film directed by Lean is very exciting. [Full review in Spanish]
May 12, 2020
One of the more overlooked achievements from the director of The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia.
March 12, 2020
Thoughtful and thrilling test pilot drama; moments of peril.
October 21, 2019
Two of Britain's best moviemakers, director David Lean and writer Terence Rattigan, join forces in what is probably the finest aviation film ever made.
March 3, 2019
Its shortcomings in presenting character and human situation seem the more disappointing in view of its conspicuous success in conveying both the excitements and something of the mystique of flying.
May 1, 2013
The aerodynamic issues in the movie may now be antiquated, but the excitement and beauty of early jet aviation are still irresistible.
May 1, 2013
It's an interesting scientific-military soap opera, acted with stiff upper-lip restraint by a great cast, but Lean's visual sense really comes into play in the aerial sequences.
May 1, 2013
This must be said about this picture: it soars far above its clumsy tag and it comes pretty close to being the most exalting of contemporary films.
May 1, 2013
Unfortunately, Terence Rattigan's script, while solidly structured, never probes beyond the basic conceit that an obsession which works towards the glory of mankind in general may wreak havoc on private lives.
May 1, 2013
A great British film that celebrates technological achievement while also questioning the virtues of such achievement.
May 1, 2013
Public excitement over jet travel helped make David Lean's 1952 British feature a big hit, though its science doesn't wash and its majestic aerial sequences are uneasily wedded to a starchy familial drama.
May 1, 2013
Richardson, in his understated way, is powerful, if not frightening, as an airplane manufacturer obsessed with breaking the sound barrier.
August 20, 2012
Ralph Richardson gives a brilliant performance in this British fact-based drama directed by David Lean.
February 23, 2012
Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering.
September 8, 2010
It's both Lean's technical know-how and his ability to make the melodrama moving that makes this a superior film of this ilk.