The 15:17 to Paris Reviews

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February 14, 2018
They're all handsome but just appalling actors. This disjuncture is impossible to forget while watching the film, and it's very uncomfortable.
Top Critic
February 14, 2018
Despite good intentions, the movie never lives up to the breathless excitement the real-life story promises.
February 14, 2018
"The 15:17 to Paris" suffers from an excess of dramatic wadding, and the over-all effect is too muffled and often too dull, sadly, to make an impact.
February 14, 2018
The action sequence on the train is truly remarkable, and Eastwood shoots with a documentary-style immediacy, but the surrounding film - especially the script and performances - doesn't serve this thrilling true-life story, or the audience.
February 14, 2018
These scenes flow like treacle and then the movie really slows down.
February 14, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris shows that the 87-year-old director is still capable of surprises.
February 9, 2018
A consummate work in Eastwood's filmography.
Top Critic
February 9, 2018
Whatever its obvious limitations, the gambit of casting nonactors in the lead roles at least brings the movie a certain authenticity, but it's torpedoed by the tin-eared backstory laid out by Dorothy Blyskal's script.
February 9, 2018
Eastwood terrorist thriller casts three American heroes to play themselves. They had never acted before and as far as I'm concerned their record is clean, leaving the gripping, complex movie that might have been frustratingly out of reach.
February 9, 2018
It is, in the light of the 87-year-old's monumental career, simply the worst thing he has done (and that includes those godawful orangutan movies).
February 8, 2018
Performances in Eastwood films are usually uneven, but here his hands-off directing style shows no mercy ...
February 8, 2018
Minus its pivotal event, "The 15:17 to Paris" feels a lot like sitting through someone else's endless photo slide show: Really only interesting to the people who lived it.
February 8, 2018
A single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but that action does not necessarily make for a transformative motion picture.
February 8, 2018
It's impossible to say whether The 15:17 to Paris would have been a better movie with professional actors in the lead roles. All we can do is go with what we've got.
February 8, 2018
15:17 ends with good vibes you can't trust, and the lingering sense that their real story has only just begun.
February 8, 2018
With The 15:17 to Paris, Eastwood once again tells an American story with a narrow-minded efficiency that somehow makes reality seem fake.
February 8, 2018
Eastwood will be 88 in May. If I'm doing anything when I'm 88 as well he makes movies, I'll be a very happy 88-year-old.
February 8, 2018
We love stories of real-life heroics and grace under lethal pressure. But we need them to be more than the sum of their stirring intentions.
February 8, 2018
Athough Eastwood deserves credit for not going the cheesy route by drawing out the attack unnaturally, the rest of "15:17" is so drawn out, you almost wish he would have given into cheese.
February 8, 2018
The very averageness of these conscientious, gutsy guys is precisely the point.
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