The 33
The 33 (2015)

The true story of the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine and the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 13, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2016
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The 33 offers an appropriately inspirational account of real-life heroism, but its stirring story and solid performances are undermined by a flawed focus and an overreliance on formula.

Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

You may never go down to your basement again without a headlamp and a 10-day food supply.

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James Berardinelli

In trying to breathe life into too many characters, the screenplay transforms them all into thinly-drawn caricatures. In focusing on its feel-good, inspirational ending, it fails to make nearly 2 hours of hardship a worthwhile experience.

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James Marsh
South China Morning Post

The 33 feels perpetually caught between championing this triumph of human spirit and technical innovation over the forces of nature.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

If we could unearth these guys from their living tomb, how hard is it to find nonwhite actors to play real people? ... Miner story, major fail.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's hard to think of another movie this year that has a stronger message about hope -- or a gentler one about forgiveness.

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Marija Loncarevic

It's a relatively solid outcome for The 33 and sure, it's got its kinks and flaws, but there's enough human drama to warrant a watch.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Mostly aims for easily mined deposits of nerves and heartstrings, rather than the more stubborn, more rewarding veins of character and soul.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You forgive the movie its faults, or most of them, because its heart is firmly in the right place.

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Aine O'Connor
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

It focuses on painting emotion that was there anyway, missing a chance to exploit richer plot elements. As a result it is not as powerful as it might have been.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite the good acting, this is an unimpressive and barely passable movie that fails to be tense and takes for granted our engagement with poorly-constructed… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A perfect example of a film that is impacting and deserving because of the subject matter and not so much the film, The 33 offers a telling of a compelling true… More
Nate Zoebl
The problem with a rescue story is how to keep the audience engaged when the end seems obvious. A movie about the rescued miners in Chile seems like a… More
Ian Walker
True story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for 69 days. Heartwarming, heartbreaking but absolutely disgusting that the miners were never… More
Jon Lantz
This is a great, clean movie with a lot of suspense, emotion and inspiration. The cast and crew did a great job of portraying this amazing story.