Only the Brave
Only the Brave (2017)

All men are created equal... then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Only the Brave's impressive veteran cast and affecting fact-based story add up to a no-frills drama that's just as stolidly powerful as the real-life heroes it honors.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Kosinski lets the story unfold at a measured pace - so much so that by the time we reach the climactic scene, we're unprepared for what unfolds. As a result, it's even more devastating and effective.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

While "Only the Brave" is consistently involving and entertaining, [its] desire to be accurate about a heroic reality proves to be an at times awkward fit with the conventions of this kind of earnest and old-fashioned Hollywood film.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Only the Brave is an exciting and moving tribute to the sacrifice and dedication of wildland firefighters.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

It's a movie intent on telling us the hotshots were heroes, without sufficiently dramatizing either their professional decisions or their private lives.

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Rafer Guzman

The movie overall can feel more than a little formulaic, but as a tribute to real-life heroes, Only the Brave serves its purpose.

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Todd Jorgenson

... offers a timely tribute by putting a human face on those who combat rural wildfires.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Director Joseph Kosinski puts the brotherhood of the unit front and center, emphasizing the bonds forged over sweat and soot. He directs with a sense of duty to honor the crew, and he does the job.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

What goes down in Yarnell, and Kosinski's respectful portrayal of it, is undeniably devastating - and a well-deserved salute to a group of low-key heroes.

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Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz

Starts out kind of corny but stokes emotion with its true-life tale of bravery and brotherhood.

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