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: December 11, 2015
DVD 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.

Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

The vintage grotesquerie of the regular old whaling process turns out to be more disturbing than the dark adventures that are In the Heart of the Sea's reason for being.

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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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Max Weiss
Baltimore Magazine

It's sturdy, watchable, competently mounted, of course -- Howard is nothing if not a pro -- but except for the visuals, which can be quite stunning, it never roused me.

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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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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

There's a hollow at the heart of things, a strange decency and politeness for a film that strives to depict, in epic form, man's dark and visceral struggle with the world and himself.

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Kaori Shoji
Japan Times

It's not a monster-versus-man situation here, but a depiction of how a good chunk of human history was formed by men doing their darnedest to harvest energy from nature, to serve the needs of civilization and make a living for themselves.

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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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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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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Howard sets sail with a screenplay lacking a compass and runs aground soon after.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
So Hemsworth seems to have a different accent from moment to moment -- and none of them sound like he's from Nantucket. So what?! No one other than… 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
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 Magalhães
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