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Reviews: The 33 (2015)

33Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una historia que todos queríamos conocer sobre los mineros chilenos atrapados, que fracasa por su ambición de querer contarlo todo.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: With one exception, director Patricia Riggen follows a pretty standard playbook, making this a mediocre cinematic experience despite its dramatic real life events.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: There are moments where “The 33” pulls a little too hard on the heartstrings, and the comic relief interludes are not uniformly successful. But “The 33” tells its story as comprehensively as possible, in a reasonably lean and taut manner, and even manages to unearth a few details that weren’t on the news at the time.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The 33 offers a story we already know and misses a lot of opportunities in the telling.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Solid survivalist story, an inspirational tribute to the miners’ fortitude, resilience and spirit.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A missed opportunity to tell what should be a captivating real-life disaster tale that is instead plodding, scattershot, and lacking in dramatic impetus.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Director Patricia Riggen wisely puts faith, hope, and fortitude up front drowning out the mechanics. If she had also put Chile and authenticity on the same level, The 33 would move you and remind us of the shock we all felt in 2010.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: An entertaining and earnest chronicle of the 33 with solid performances – one that is undercut by otherwise standard docudrama throughout.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: Rather than show us a Chilean story of harrowing survival, we get a Hollywood glamor shot of unlikely heroes in a deathless miracle of feels that studio execs love. The American media made this tragedy our story through their coverage and this movie does the same.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: It’s all uplifting in a bland sort of way, without demanding much from the audience or the filmmakers.
Updated: January 28, 2016 — 8:56 pm
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