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On Chesil Beach (15)


A drama, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, following an unworldly couple's wedding night.

The critical consensus

A decent adaptation of McEwan’s excellent novella. Forget Fifty Shades – this is sex to make your cheeks blush.

***(*)(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 14/05/2018

An opulent, well crafted and acted tale of emotional repression that captures the head more than the heart.

***(*)(*)Liz Beardsworth, Empire Online, 14/05/2018

It’s a nuanced and very well observed study of bad sex in which tiny accidents and misunderstandings threaten to scupper a marriage almost before it has started.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 15/05/2018

Takes a focused, intense and awkward novel and attempts to retool it for mass consumption.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 18/05/2018

Ronan and Howle’s wonderfully understated performances keep us watching but it was Mcewan’s prose that made this story sing.

***(*)(*)Andy Lea, Daily Express, 18/05/2018

It’s a shame this handsome adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel eventually gives in to convention.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 20/05/2018

While the unravelling of a marriage is compelling viewing, the clumsy jumping through time and lack of ambiguity in the storytelling makes On Chesil Beach forgettable cinema.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/05/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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