Here’s a selection of the Deepwater Horizon Reviews. It tells the story of one of the world’s largest man-made disasters.

There is much praise for Director Peter Berg who combines honoring the real life brave men and women in a blockbuster film format.

Deepwater Horizon Theatrical release dates

  • UK: September 29th 2016
  • US and Canada: September 30th 2016
Director Peter Berg, Jeremy Sande, Dylan O’Brien, and Mark Wahlberg on the set ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by David Lee

New York Times

Deepwater Horizon review by AO Scott

Deepwater Horizon is a swift and suspenseful action movie, full of noise, peril, muck and fire.

There are no big speeches or rhetorical flourishes. That’s not really [Director] Mr Berg’s style… He combines blockbuster-flavored effects with fine-grained, sinewy naturalism.

Mr Berg’s commitment to craft — the meticulousness with which he manages time, space and the skills of his excellent cast — becomes a form of tribute.

Rating: 5 Stars, from our reading of the review Full Review

Deepwater Horizon – Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by David Lee

Washington Post

Deepwater Horizon review by Ann Hornaday

Spectacle meets solemnity in portrait of real-world tragedy.

Settling comfortably into his role as our cinematic elder statesman of blue-collar integrity, Wahlberg proves a sturdy, sympathetic leader on a journey to an enormous floating hellscape.

Rating: 3.5 Stars, converted from her 3 Stars out of 4 Full Review

Deepwater Horizon – Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) and Jason Anderson (Ethan Suplee) ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by David Lee

Los Angeles Times

Deepwater Horizon review by Justin Chang

Ripped from the headlines but largely shorn of context, the movie is both a sobering memorial to the fallen and a harrowing chronicle of survival, anchored by Mark Wahlberg’s performance.

When Mr Jimmy (Kurt Russell) declares, “This rig is broken,” the unambiguously villainous BP executive Don Vidrine (John Malkovich) shoots back that they’re too far behind schedule (43 days) and too far over budget ($50 million) to worry about cutting corners.

Deepwater Horizon’s shock-and-awe spectacle is over before you realize it, but its anger burns, clarifies and lingers.

Rating: 4.5 Stars, from our reading of the review Full Review

Deepwater Horizon – Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by David Lee

Entertainment Weekly

Deepwater Horizon review by Leah Greenblatt

Of all the cinematic horrors that have risen from the sea… there might not be one as catastrophic as the monster that drives Deepwater Horizon: greed.

[Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) is] like most villains, he’s a bully up front. [He is] berating the crew to cut corners and ignore blatant safety concerns to boost the bottom line. And [he is] a spectacular coward when things go bad.

What works almost disturbingly well is the way Berg calibrates his delivery of the disaster while still holding on to the human scale of it.

Rating: 4.5 Stars, converted from Leah’s rating of B+ Full Review

Deepwater Horizon – Stephen Curtis (Jason Pine), Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell), Donald Clark (Ronald Weaver) and Jason Anderson (Ethan Suplee) ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by David Lee

The Guardian (UK)

Deepwater Horizon review by Peter Bradshaw

As ever, Wahlberg doesn’t act, he just projects himself. His naturalness makes a cool counterpoint to Russell’s glowering integrity and Malkovich’s lip-pursing villainy.

It’s nail-biting stuff.

Rating: 4 Stars Full Review

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