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Reviews: In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

in_the_heart_of_the_seaHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • j Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ron Howard sigue repartiendo cal y arena en su filmografía. En esta ocasión toca la mala, un tostón que quiere abrazar toda la épica del mundo pero que naufraga artística y literalmente a poco de zarpar. Un propuesta que ni de lejos hace justicia a sus referentes.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A harrowing sea-faring adventure of a great white whale who refuses to become the victim of the oil business.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aunque nunca logra conseguir ese nivel de espectacular o de asombro, In the Heart of the Sea sí termina siendo una película entretenida. La misma contiene unos visuales hermosos y una dirección en punto por Ron Howard. Las actuaciones son más que decentes en todos los ámbitos, con Brendan Gleeson siendo el más fuerte del grupo. Lamentablemente, la historia en juego no es tan fuerte para aguantar el peso de todos los demás departamentos.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Melville turned this story into a great American classic, but Howard’s set it adrift.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: ..we’re watching a fiction of a fiction, a ham-handed and hideously green-screened attempt at blending history with fable for entertainment value.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Oscar®-winner Ron Howard is clearly trying to make a great movie with “In the Heart of the Sea.” This big-budget, period epic, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s award-winning nonfiction book, is loaded for whale with a big name cast, big ticket special effects, and lots and lots of allusions to weighty themes. But the road to mediocrity is often paved with good intentions, and “In the Heart of the Sea” is a movie you want to like more than you probably will.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is one part visual spectacle and one part human drama as director Ron Howard reconstructs the survivalist tale that inspired ‘Moby-Dick.’
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: A floundering, waterlogged survival saga…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not awful, but it is awfully forgettable.
  • Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” edges it out in the epic department.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Solid, old-school man-versus-nature adventure melodrama, with a simmering green awareness; rollicking, smart, breathtaking, and sobering.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Moby Dick is a famous tough read; Ron Howard adapts a National Book Award winner on Melville’s inspiration into a tough watch. You will root for the whale to dispatch the in-fighting, class conscious, skin deep crew.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: As a big screen viewing experience based on one of America’s most evocative myths, In the Heart of the Sea is a surprisingly forgettable adaptation.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Billed as the story that inspired Moby Dick, Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award winner is a shamelessly old-fashioned sea-faring yarn recounting the true story of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship that sank after being attacked by a giant sperm whale.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: In the Heart of the Sea isn’t a terrible movie, and some will be able to latch onto the moments of high-adventure, but there is little to recommend running out to the theater.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Curiously, heart is exactly what’s missing.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • [New – 2/4/16] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: We don’t get many great historical seafaring movies these days – 2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World might have been Hollywood’s last one – but while on the waters In the Heart of the Sea comes pretty close. It could have been even better had it stuck to the story of the Essex.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: This true story is so rich with human drama that it’s little wonder it inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece “Moby Dick.” Unfortunately, director Ron Howard’s film adaptation “In the Heart of the Sea” rewrites history to make a less interesting epic that owes more to fantasy than it does to fact.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Distinctly uninspired…handsomely mounted and shot but ponderously earnest, dramatically inert and remarkably dull.
Updated: February 4, 2016 — 10:55 pm
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