In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 8, 2016
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The admirably old-fashioned In the Heart of the Sea boasts thoughtful storytelling to match its visual panache, even if it can't claim the depth or epic sweep to which it so clearly aspires.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Warner Bros. would have been better off sticking with the film's original March release date and selling it as a horror movie.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If the movie accomplishes nothing else, though, I hope it inspires the curious to actually sit down and finally read Moby-Dick.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

The whale moments are great, but outside of them, the film uses too much unnecessary CGI, which takes away a lot of the film's more real moments.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash."

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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press

Most of the second half is spent drifting with them on lifeboats. In these interminable minutes, we don't get anything resembling an understanding of how they survived (or didn't) either mentally or physically.

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AdriŠn Ruiz

Visually the film is great, but the premise is forgettable and doesn't offer much. [Full review in Spanish]

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David Sims
The Atlantic

If a silent whale is your most magnetic screen presence, he should probably appear for more than a few minutes.

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Gwyneth Kelly
The New Republic

A few scenes in In the Heart of the Sea hint at how effective the film might have been if told purely as a gripping story of man versus nature.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The images here lash and last; the story creaks and groans. Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography is brilliant; it's as if we're looking back at this past through a water-sloshed spyglass, darkly. The simpler story's too rote and modern, though.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
If you're reading this review of this film there's a good chance you might've read a couple of the others out there. A consensus becomes… More
Mark Hobin
In the Heart of the Sea is constructed as an old fashioned epic that is anything but. Lots of details about the whaling industry are present. Few scenes stand… More
Carlos Magalh„es
I hate when someone recounts a story in which he was not always present, but even if there is nothing like witnessing the sweet revenge of a beast (monster or… More
KJ Proulx
"In the Heart of the Sea" tells the full tale of the story of "Moby Dick." As the original writer of the novel visits one of the last… More
Nate Zoebl
In 1822, the men aboard the Essex, a whaling ship sailing from Nantucket, Massachusetts, encountered a beast unlike any they have ever seen. Captain Pollard… More
Jens S.
The story of the Essex that led Melville to writing Moby Dick is an untold adventure that gets the treatment it deserves here. Director Howard knows all the… More