Young Woman and the Sea

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Buoyed by Daisy Ridley's radiant star power and the remarkable trajectory of Gertrude Ederle's life story, Young Woman and the Sea is an old-fashioned sports movie that harkens back to the classics in the best way.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Based on Glenn Stout’s book, director Joachim Ronning’s absorbing drama does a masterful job of showing the obstacles thrown at the daughter of German immigrants while on her 21-mile trek from France to England.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    A film that is full of production value, filmed with classic elegance and that, above all else, shows new generations a situation that, beyond any commercial imposition, had to be deeply complicated for female development. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Andrea ThompsonChicago Reader
    A capable cast and crew make Young Woman and the Sea an enjoyable, if predictable, story of empowerment.
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    Odie HendersonBoston Globe
    The film evokes all of the usual biopic tropes while painting a standard picture of an extraordinary hero.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Ederle’s story feels honed at all times for maximum sympathy along the way, but can’t help impressing us, a century down the line, as a study in not giving up.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Trudy Ederle’s story needed to be told, and that it also happens to be this gosh darn triumphantly entertaining is a giant win for all of us.
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    Al AlexanderMovies Thru the Spectrum
    It’s all soooo old-time Hollywood. You’d swear “Young Woman and the Sea” was made in the 1940s instead of the 2020s. Yet, I must admit to eventually succumbing to the schmaltz.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    Daisy Ridley triumphs in this inspirational, old-fashioned sports biopic.
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    Collin GarbarinoWORLD
    The movie is a mostly historical account of one of America’s forgotten legends. It offers sincerity and humor, while depicting an inspiring woman’s determination.
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    Peter MartinDallasFilmNow.com
    Even though the film changes around the timing of some important events, it feels true and fair to her legacy, which definitely deserves a greater, more lasting spotlight.
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