Deepwater Horizon
Deepwater Horizon (2016)

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Viewers will leave with a fine sense of how it felt to be on that blazing rig, but they'll still have plenty of questions about how and why things went so wrong.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film depicts the worst oil spill in American history and director Peter Berg recreates the cataclysm of that day with unbearable tension and healing compassion.

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

The effects of this disaster are still felt today, and Deepwater Horizon does an astonishing job at paying tribute to those that suffered because of greed

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

In short, Peter Berg has done it again. You come out shaken with excitement, but with a touch of shame, too, at being so easily thrilled.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

You can't help marveling at the tightrope the filmmakers walk: honoring their courage and sacrifice while making an action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen.

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Nihit Bhave
The Times of India

As an informative piece on the catastrophe at the Deepwater Horizon, the movie just doesn't dig deep enough. But as a visually rich disaster movie, it passes the test.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

My only serious complaint about Deepwater Horizon is that it's not quite the muckraker I'd hoped for.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

At its best, the movie is like The Towering Inferno but without all the sudsy subplots that doused that film's fires.

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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

Berg takes us on a harrowing ride that's not only a fitting tribute to the intelligence and compassion of those heroes, but also a searing indictment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The story of the biggest oil rig explosion in US history takes its time getting off the ground. Oddly enough, you still only really get to know three… More
Kevin M. Williams
There's not a lot of exposition here, not a lot of getting-to-know the characters, just here-are-some-people and then a hellacious amount of crap… More
Eugene Bernabe
The duo of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg continue their string of true-to-life stories of heroism and courage with Deepwater Horizon. With solid efforts of… More
Carlos Magalh„es
With a great direction by Peter Berg and a large aspect ratio that explores quite well the setting and full extension of the rig, this is an anguishing and… More
Christian C
Despite weak acting from Wahlberg, "Deepwater Horizon" is a fairly impactful film with drama and suspense. It's worthwhile for a Friday evening… More
Film Crazy
A mindless action flick that delivers exactly what the trailer says just without any real tension!