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Finest Hours, The

Action, Drama, History

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

The critical consensus

Chris Pine leads the way in a maritime rescue drama that sails through on its sweetness.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 15/02/2016

An unpretentious Disney drama about a real-life 1950s rescue mission by the US Coast Guard sails in well charted waters.

***(*)(*)Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 18/02/2016

This is rousing, well-crafted fare. Its naïve idealism is quaint, its plotting entirely predictable; but it still has a surprising emotional kick.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 18/02/2016

The rescue itself packs an emotional punch but everything else about The Finest Hours feels a little dull and corny.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 19/02/2016

A strong cast and impressive action sequences can’t find subtleties or surprises to enliven a rote period disaster movie. It hits the right points, but mechanically.

**(*)(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 15/02/2016

Blame the clunkiness of its old-fashioned script and a slew of performances hemmed in by the film’s idealised conception of life in the 1950s.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 20/02/2016

This 50s-set rescue mission is kept afloat by sturdy effects and even sturdier morals.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, The Observer, 21/02/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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