Derek Cianfrance directs Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in this adaptation of ML Stedman’s novel. But what have critics thought of it? 

The Guardian: ** “it’s a pacing issue, a tendency to wallow and to drag out scenes.”

Den of Geek: **** “The Light Between Oceans is a tearjerker that moves just a little more jerkily the longer it goes on, but it’s bursting with sympathy for its flawed characters.”

Time Out: *** “the film suffers from that adapted-from-a-novel feeling of years passing and pain blurring into a cathartic glow.”

The Sun: **** “It’s a romantic and tough look at love, grief and choices – wonderfully acted and presented.”

Hollywood Reporter: “it’s all artfully presented surface, scrubbed clean and coated with polish; there’s little sense of roughness or wildness beneath the beauty.”

The Spectator:  “Suckers for manipulation, fill your boots.”

The Financial Times: **** “Vikander is marvellous in her big emotional scenes.”

Evening Standard: *** “the film becomes undeniably dramatic when Lucy (played by adorably natural Florence Clery) turns four. If only this third act wasn’t so preachy.”

The Times: * “bizarrely misfiring melodrama set in the 1920s.”

 

 

 

 

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