The Finest Hours Reviews

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February 18, 2016
It's as ruggedly constructed and guilelessly entertaining as its leading man, Chris Pine.
February 18, 2016
This unpretentious drama knows its way.
Top Critic
February 4, 2016
I expected nothing special and wound up being thoroughly exhilarated.
February 1, 2016
Too few of Hollywood's recent offerings can boast such a simple throughline and know when to wrap it up.
January 29, 2016
A remarkable tale, confusingly told. Impressive storm sequences and a very good Pine almost save the day.
January 29, 2016
Maybe it's just the History Channel junkie in me, but I would much rather be seeing a documentary about this mission than a trumped-up drama featuring brand-name actors and CGI squalls.
January 29, 2016
It feels like a parody of a prestige film, like one of the fake Oscar trailers in "Tropic Thunder."
January 29, 2016
A straight-up Boys' Own adventure yarn, set sincerely and squarely in early '50s New England but gussied up with plenty of 21st-century StormWave CGI.
January 29, 2016
The 3-D conversion is so murky that there are long stretches where it is almost impossible to discern what is going on up on the screen.
January 29, 2016
This disaster flick manages to stay afloat largely thanks to the yeoman efforts of Casey Affleck.
January 29, 2016
There's nothing subtle about The Finest Hours, but much that is satisfying.
January 29, 2016
"The Finest Hours" tells a noble story of brave men who risked their lives to help others. Yet its good intentions are suffocated by its showboat style that favors effects over humanity.
January 29, 2016
Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) and his screenwriters laudably strive to keep true to the film's real-life account from 1952... But history often needs more than just the bare facts to make for a satisfying movie.
January 28, 2016
The life-and-death moments keep it afloat.
January 28, 2016
The heroism of that small-boat crew from 1952 deserves a special film. This is not it.
January 28, 2016
Before scoffers scoff, realize that this tale of nautical derring-do has several things going for it to counteract the inherent obviousness of the material.
January 28, 2016
This thrilling adventure is periodically interrupted by a feeble romantic subplot.
January 28, 2016
The Finest Hours is all about action, suspense, and tension, and it rarely lets its audience down on any of those accounts.
January 28, 2016
It's a movie made for the kind of audiences who feel that movies aren't made for them anymore - you know who you are. If you go, you might want to bring a raincoat.
January 28, 2016
The drama is almost stillborn, thanks to a slow, deadly dull romantic preface, and it's subverted by incessant switching between spectacular struggles on the Atlantic and generic anxieties on shore.
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