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.

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: 45% 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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Katie Walsh
The Playlist

"The 33" is exactly what you can expect or hope with this story: a tense and uplifting film that puts an unbelievable true story to celluloid.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

Riggen charts the cave-in and ensuing rescue efforts to stirring if conventional effect, abetted by one of the late James Horner's final scores.

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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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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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RTÉ (Ireland)

The 33 reminds me of those great disaster movies of the 1970s, only this one is a true story. Without giving too much away, there's a lovely coda to this film, so don't rush for the exit at the end if you've an ounce of empathy for these miners.

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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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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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Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

Director Patricia Riggen efficiently touches all the bases without doing what Ron Howard did so well in Apollo 13 - creating an air of uncertainty despite the final outcome being known.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% 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.