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The Mercy Reviews

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August 7, 2019
What's great about The Mercy is how it manages to surprise, both in the story it's telling and how Marsh gradually shifts the tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2019
What starts off as sweet and entertaining shifts rapidly into a film full of courage and love. The Mercy is Firth at his very best: understated, vulnerable and very, very British.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2018
If you're tempted to see this well-acted but dour drama, you might best be advised to read up on Crowhurst first: you still may not like it, but at least you'll better be able to appreciate the kind of movie that director James Marsh has made.
December 6, 2018
Marsh is content with telling Crowhurst's story in the most mundane way possible, but because it's such a good story with an inherently involving character at the center of it, the approach still works on the most basic of levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 6, 2018
This is really a one-man show for Firth, as we spend long stretches with him on the boat, watching his stiff-upper-lip British fašade splinter and crumble in the face of harsh weather, mounting mechanical problems and punishing loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2018
A poignant and at times jaw-dropping movie. Firth is tremendous as Crowhurst -- it's an unflinching portrayal that's sympathetic but utterly realistic. Weisz is good though her character has little to do beyond keeping the home fires burning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2018
This is a tale that could have been told very effectively as a one-hander. Instead, Marsh balances his time between the boat and dear old Blighty, where the sponsors are getting excited and a press agent is trying to drum up stories at every opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2018
A surface level analysis of what failure and dishonor can do to one's ambitions
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2018
Firth's performance and some second-half twists make it worthwhile.
November 30, 2018
A startling and tragic example of modern man's desperation and hubris, The Mercy is an impassive portrait of a fascinating catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 29, 2018
"The Mercy" does make an impression, through thespian accomplishment and Donald's unusual crisis of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 29, 2018
Marsh captures the majestic beauty of the sea, capturing that allure which has tempted millions of men to hear the call just as Donald did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 29, 2018
THE MERCY is not a bad film, but because of the fact that it's based on a rather sad true story, it should have been so much more compelling.
November 29, 2018
Crowhurst's saga, even after managing to overcome serious obstacles, takes a rather shocking turn. But the reality is that moviegoers' expectations and hopes are not always fulfilled.
November 29, 2018
An engrossing character study of an ordinary man whose extraordinary ambition proves his undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 29, 2018
Firth and his director find something quietly touching, even soulful, in the character's wretchedness.
November 28, 2018
Here's a man-vs.-nature sailing story with a significant difference. Rather than a rousing testament to the human spirit, James Marsh's The Mercy examines a failure to triumph, the kind of tragedy that rarely gets blown up into a movie.
November 28, 2018
Firth delivers a heartfelt turn as a man looking back at what he had before realizing too late that it was enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 27, 2018
Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz give us performances that are worth watching.
November 27, 2018
The Mercy is the tragic true story of Donald Crowhurst. His pursuit of a dream led to a rabbit hole of deception and dire consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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