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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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Clumsy exposition aside, the dialogue feels authentic, tossing around the shorthand and lingo of the job, and the script is precise on the details without getting overwhelmed by them.

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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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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

More action and thrills than most summer movies.

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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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Rick Kisonak
Seven Days

If you've never seen movie explosions before, you're in for a treat. Otherwise, you've got lots of hard-to-follow, poorly lit, very loud chaos to look forward to.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
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
Nate Zoebl
Peter Berg is becoming the go-to director for inspirational true-life thrillers following the heroic exploits of everyday Americans thrust into danger. It began… More
Carlos Magalhães
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
KJ Proulx
Director Peter Berg has been known for his silly action films in the past. Even though he has made films like Lone Survivor, he had never really proven himself… More
Film Crazy
A mindless action flick that delivers exactly what the trailer says just without any real tension!
Luke Andrews
The biographical disaster film about the titular oil rig, Deepwater Horizon is about the blowout and explosion of the oil rig and how it became the largest oil… More