"Sometimes reality is stranger, more unbelievable, and more inspirational than fiction."
— Andy Howell, Film Threat
"A stunning documentary of bone-deep moral resonance and cinematic mastery that deserves to be experienced on the big screen."
— Tomris Laffly, Variety
"The Rescue is an enthralling documentary, with a real-life story so spectacular you can hardly believe it."
— William Bibbiani, TheWrap
"Free Solo wife and husband directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are forensic in the detail they provide and the range of testimonies they have assembled; the result is a tense, absorbing documentary with a strong emotional charge."
— Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"The Rescue is an edge-of-your-seat experience. Vasarhelyi and Chin shoot this thing like a thriller, combining both actual footage shot during the rescue with recreations featuring the actual divers, blending all this footage together seamlessly to create a wholly cinematic experience."
— Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm
"The filmmakers — superbly incorporating a combination of stunning archival footage (much of it previously unseen), dramatic reenactments and interviews with the principal figures — present the harrowing tale in riveting nail-biting fashion, leavened by welcome doses of mordant humor from the incredibly brave volunteers."
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter