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The Finest Hours

Action . Drama . History . Thriller

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.

Actors: Chris Pine , Ben Foster , Casey Affleck , Holliday Grainger , Eric Bana , John Ortiz , Kyle Gallner , Rachel Brosnahan , Graham McTavish , Michael Raymond-James
Directors: Craig Gillespie
Country: USA
Release: 2016-01-25
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  • Marc Savlov

    Carter Burwell’s score is particularly thunderous, mirroring the onscreen action, and the 3-D really is – for once – superb, making for a rather breathtaking two hours. Well done.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    One would be hard-pressed to consider The Perfect Storm “triumphant” or “uplifting” but both terms could be used to describe The Finest Hours.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    From the first gentle meeting of its hero and heroine to the last line of dialogue, The Finest Hours executes all the traditional moves beautifully.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    What happens is important, but more important is how it happens and whom it happens to.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The script embraces certain character archetypes wholeheartedly (pig-headed crew mate; ramrod-stiff officer) and not always successfully. Yet the tone, the mood of the picture, with its desaturated color palette, maintains the right atmosphere.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An adventure drama with sea legs, a story of heroism steeped in period detail, played with sympathy and stoicism by people who respect such old fashioned virtues.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This tale of nautical derring-do has several things going for it to counteract the inherent obviousness of the material. These include a director who knows his way around this kind of material, special effects work that makes the peril fearfully alive, and a pip of a true story of what is considered as daring a rescue mission as the U.S. Coast Guard ever attempted.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    If The Finest Hours is light on surprises it’s still heavy on suspense, as the script by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson treats each new obstacle in Bernie and Ray’s paths as a new brainteasing puzzle with an impossible solution.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Blake Goble

    The Finest Hours is exactly that. Fine, while embracing its studio aesthetic and morally true heroism.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    An old-fashioned tale of heroism in the face of insurmountable odds, The Finest Hours is never less than aggressively hokey and manipulatively sentimental — and, in the end, better off for it.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The true story behind a Coast Guard rescue depicted in Disney’s The Finest Hours is amazing enough that it didn’t require corny romantic embellishments that threaten to capsize everything.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Somewhere in here, there’s a pretty decent movie. The Finest Hours is probably the best of a bad bunch of recent releases. But it’s a shame that this terrific story’s engines keep flooding in the face of wave after wave of narrative inertia.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s a movie made for the kind of audiences who feel that movies aren’t made for them anymore — you know who you are. If you go, you might want to bring a raincoat.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    On the waves, The Finest Hours finally finds its sea legs and delivers an old-school adventure based on a heroic deliverance that deserves its day in the sun.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    The storm effects are first-rate, immersive all the way. The tale-telling ability of director Craig Gillespie is frustratingly inconsistent.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    This isn't just an action film; it's a multi-pronged assault on the heartstrings, with plenty of wide-eyed, apple-cheeked Norman Rockwell Americana saturating the pounding digital waves.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Just as Pine's Bernie Webber grits his teeth and pilots his 36-foot Coast Guard boat into seas that rise up like angry gods, Gillespie steers head-on into clichés, powering through. They never quite capsize his film, but it does take on some water.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The Finest Hours is a moderately gripping whoosh of nostalgia that shamelessly recycles the ’50s cliché of the squeaky-clean all-American hero.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Despite some great effects, and one good performance, it never quite gets underway.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Drama is one thing. Resonance is another. Without digging deeply enough, "The Finest Hours" seems content to capture the former while ignoring the latter.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It’s not just the technique of this movie that is resolutely old-fashioned. So are its attitudes. The film may feature practically wall-to-wall monster storms but undergirding it all is a cushion of straight-arrow sentimentalism. It harks back to a rosy neverland when men were men and women stood by them.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    As charming as the early scenes are, The Finest Hours doesn’t really come together as a love story, either, and Affleck’s scenes on the tanker are too abbreviated to really sink in as great survival drama.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    An intermittently affecting, sanded-edge adventure that feels as if it trundled off the studio production line back when Eisenhower was in office.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    For the most part, it is a solid film that bolsters its innately compelling narrative with effectively low-key performances, some genuinely thrilling sequences and only a few moments here and there that lean towards hokeyness. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The drama is almost stillborn, thanks to a slow, deadly dull romantic preface, and it’s subverted by incessant switching between spectacular struggles on the Atlantic and generic anxieties on shore.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    The Finest Hours is set in the early '50s. But did it really need to feel like it was made during the Eisenhower era?

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    The rescue drama The Finest Hours rocks the boat in terms of blizzard-blitzed sea thrills but leaves you cold with its side love story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's a story told accurately, if not particularly well.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Finest Hours feels stitched together. None of the three main plot lines is particularly powerful or moving.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    A square journey through choppy waters, it boasts a Greatest Generation nostalgia so thoroughgoing it might as well be called Boys Becoming Men.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    The climactic rescue sequence has tension and some thrills, but it’s over fairly quickly and the film settles back into a sentimental lull

    Screen International Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Perhaps the worst one could say about Craig Gillespie’s film is that, rather than their finest hours, the whole cast and crew all put in a solid shift at the office making the movie, producing a perfectly entertaining, sometimes quite well-crafted disaster drama that nonetheless retreats from the memory almost as soon as the credits roll.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    At the helm of this ultra-earnest entertainment, with its expository dialogue and meticulous visuals, Craig Gillespie isn’t able to conjure a stirring cinematic experience. The pieces don’t fuse so much as fit together, and much of the action feels instructive rather than immersive.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This is the sort of film in which we’re told that a certain action is impossible, until it isn’t, or that a certain thing would never happen, and then it does, so even with all those lives on the line, the movie can’t effectively build up stakes or consequences.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jose Solís

    While the rescue scenes are exceptionally shot, and the visual effects are quite remarkable, the predictable plot, and its tonal inconsistencies, make The Finest Hours feel like an endless cruise.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    There’s nothing subtle about The Finest Hours, but much that is satisfying.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    For the most part, this is a film with a pulse that wastes no time—a highly invigorating crowd pleaser that does nothing momentous but packs a big entertainment wallop doing it.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    As Pine’s Webber navigates that seemingly helpless little boat, squinting into the driving snow and more than once nearly falling victim to the ocean’s mighty maw, he’s the movie’s finest special effect — not because he’s mindlessly brave, but because he lets us see how scared he is.

    Time Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    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.

    Empire Full Review
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