The 15:17 to Paris Reviews

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August 19, 2019
That trademark Eastwood lack of sugar coating is what makes its inciting event memorable.
November 20, 2018
A straightforward drama, this film works well enough for what it is but it could've been much better.
May 31, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris is vital filmmaking almost in spite of itself.
February 27, 2018
As a Clint Eastwood experiment, and a sincere tribute to the heroism of the three men involved, it succeeds with its earnestness.
February 24, 2018
If you're open to the power of Eastwood's formalistic radicalism, it will reveal itself as an admirable piece of hero storytelling - one that, as its tagline suggests, focuses on the real heroes.
February 21, 2018
Certainly, it's no "Mystic River" or "Letters from Iwo Jima." But at least in technical terms it does display the professional quality that marks Eastwood's typical filmmaking style.
February 19, 2018
It's well-intentioned subject matter that's handled, for the most part, rather poorly by Clint Eastwood...
February 16, 2018
The young men do quite well, and Eastwood delivers a polished product with a tightly staged climax.
February 16, 2018
The lack of the usual Hollywood showboating in favor of reality is admirable, if dull in some spots, but the idea is audacious and makes it all worth checking out - a curio from a world-class director who at 87 still knows how to change things up.
February 15, 2018
...a decent thriller and careful, but not at all outstanding, whose greatest audacity is in having chosen to lead the cast to the protagonists of the real events that shook the world in August 2015. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 15, 2018
It's as if Eastwood told them to forget the cameras and just be themselves. They are pretty good and believable as first-time actors.
February 14, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris [is] more than the typical docu-drama and confirms director Clint Eastwood's canny political instinct and his artistic daring.
February 14, 2018
Like all art that employs negative space, The 15:17 to Paris is really about what the audience doesn't see: in this case, the unthinkable horror El-Khazzani would have unleashed if a handful of ordinary people hadn't done what they did.
February 14, 2018
Whatever the film's shortcomings, one thing you can't fault Eastwood for is his unassailable commitment to celebrating American heroism.
February 14, 2018
This film courts that kind of lionization far less than one would expect from Eastwood at this stage, and stands out among our contemporary film fare for its humility.
February 14, 2018
Eastwood is making a point here about the heroism of ordinary men, the grit behind seemingly banal bros, though it's one of the oddest and lowest-key films he's ever made.
February 14, 2018
Fortunately, once things jump ahead, we see Spencer and Alek make their way into the military (now played by themselves) and things get progressively better.
February 14, 2018
The first half of this drama is slow and awkward, mainly due to the stars' amateurish acting; but once it finally gets going, Eastwood's skilled touch reveals itself.
February 14, 2018
Not a major Eastwood film, but undeniably stirring.
February 14, 2018
Surprisingly good acting by the real people about whom the movie is made add to the verisimilitude, even though the setup is too slow for such a rapid, but heroic, climax.
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