The Dig Reviews

February 11, 2021
Without a fixed standard, the story crumbles like some of the items the Suffolk team digs up, seeming solid at first before turning to sand.
February 10, 2021
"Director Simon Stone...ends up burying a treasure of a movie under mounds and mounds of treacle."
February 3, 2021
For all its complication of the relationship between the personal and epochal, The Dig nevertheless contains a tonal tension that is ultimately irreconcilable, its introspective lyricism undermined by predictable period beats.
January 31, 2021
The story isn't as exciting as some other archaeology adventures--there are no ghosts or demons or mummies--but if you dig past the layers of slow, sleepily paced melodrama, you might uncover a few gems along the way.
January 30, 2021
Had the narrative stayed the course established in the early-goings, it might have been unremarkable but satisfying. As it is, there's too much of the former and too little of the latter.
January 30, 2021
Despite the restrained tone, the film really is this schematic and it gets less and less interesting the more it uncovers.
January 29, 2021
Here, the rush to include all of the characters left their individual depth and complications behind, and the scraps are not nearly as rich as they could be.
January 29, 2021
There's a dual layer of history going on, with the excavators digging up stories from the past while WWII is unfolding around them. But "The Dig" won't let history speak for itself, and winds up buried in the details.
January 28, 2021
A quick Methadone hit for anyone still experiencing Merchant-Ivory withdrawal symptoms.
January 28, 2021
Here we are caring and wondering a little more about literal dirt than the figurative variety.
January 28, 2021
The Dig has all of the tools of a well produced piece and sadly is something that should have been left deep in the ground.
January 28, 2021
The history being uncovered in The Dig comes in a distant second to the soap opera-esque arc of two late-coming characters. It's an odd way to tell a complete story, and one that denies its two main characters the emotional release that they deserved.
January 28, 2021
Overall, this is a bit of a snoozer.
January 21, 2021
[T]he characters and conversations ... never quite reach the degree of significance that the filmmakers believe they possess.
January 16, 2021
Director Stone and screenwriter Moira Buffini serve up a period piece that neither is tense nor sorrowful enough to transcend the status of a dry - or at least "dryish" - footnote.
January 15, 2021
The Dig finds a good old tale of British excellence but never quite brings it to life. Its trappings are all cozy and its cinematography lush enough to catch your eye, but its characters flounder in a plot that never lets them do much of anything.
January 13, 2021
For all the film's sweeping, romantic ideas, the actual experience of watching The Dig is a lot like sitting at a bus stop.