Young Woman and the Sea

100 mins
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Daisy Ridley leads this against-the-odds true story as accomplished swimmer Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel.... More

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Young Woman and the Sea | Ratings & Reviews

"Daisy Ridley stuns and earns your tears in this beautifully classical movie."


"(A) rousing, family-friendly adventure epic."


"One of those movies that proves, when they’ve got a mind to, they can still make them like they used to."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"(A) lacquered, lively sports drama."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"Ridley’s plucky determination and can-do energy carries the whole thing along."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"Swimmingly channels old-fashioned sports movies."


"Another sign that Ridley... has found her calling as an actor."


"A classically made and effectively stirring sports drama for everyone that feels right on the big screen."

Associated PressAssociated Press

"An anodyne, Disneyfied take on feminism."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"An inspiring story weighed down by stiff telling."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Often feels too tidy, delivering its uplifting message without specificity or insight."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Adds up to a genuinely affecting, Seabiscuit-style underdog tale."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Even as Nathanson’s script veers into trite territory... Trudy’s rise against adversity inspires all the same."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"Rønning (invests) a workaday script with palpable care."

Financial TimesFinancial Times

"It’s impossibly moving, and speaks of... the kind of grandiose ideas that are not normally addressed by glossy Disney biopics."

The TimesThe Times

"Daisy Ridley shines in a quietly powerful role, adding moments of genuine comedy to the film."


"Not only about athleticism at the highest calibre but also a real movement in women’s sports."

Black Girl NerdsBlack Girl Nerds

"Ederle finally gets the movie she deserves."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"This rousing sports biopic is a throwback to the kinds of inspiring underdog stories we love."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Evokes all of the usual biopic tropes while painting a standard picture of an extraordinary hero."

Boston GlobeBoston Globe

"An enjoyable, if predictable, story of empowerment."

Chicago ReaderChicago Reader

"(Fails) to tell the audience anything about Trudy Ederle beyond her being a fiercely determined swimmer."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

Young Woman and the Sea | Details

Drama, Sport, True Story & Biography
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