The Mercy

Critics Consensus

The Mercy sails on Colin Firth's layered central performance, which adds necessary depth and nuance that the story sometimes lacks.



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The true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe singled-handed round the world yacht race in 1968.

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Colin Firth
as Donald Crowhurst
Rachel Weisz
as Clare Crowhurst
David Thewlis
as Rodney Hallworth
Genevieve Gaunt
as Miss Teignmouth
Sebastian Armesto
as Nelson Messina
Tim Downie
as Style Editor
Dilyana Bouklieva
as Waterski Publicist
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Critic Reviews for The Mercy

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (13)

  • It all seems doomed from the start-and never in the same throat-gripping class with such fateful horrors-at-sea epics as Adrift or Robert Redford's All is Lost.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • The film has been made with plenty of sincerity and no small amount of effort, but with no idea of what it wants to say.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing character study of an ordinary man whose extraordinary ambition proves his undoing.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Firth and his director find something quietly touching, even soulful, in the character's wretchedness.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Here's a man-vs.-nature sailing story with a significant difference. Rather than a rousing testament to the human spirit, James Marsh's The Mercy examines a failure to triumph, the kind of tragedy that rarely gets blown up into a movie.

    Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I walked away from this picture both moved and confused.

    Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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