Hafi­ (The Sea) (Havet) Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Though there are ugly events galore, there is not an ugly frame in this entire masterpiece of a soap opera by the sea.
April 11, 2006
a typical icelandic drama
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 20, 2004
The confrontational family dinner features archetypes that would have been at home on Dallas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
December 4, 2003
It's Shakespeare mixed with St. Elmo's Fire by way of Bj÷rk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 8, 2003
For its unique mix of fire and ice, The Sea deserves to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 30, 2003
It was all so pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2003
Kormßkur is fully content pimping his particular love/hate relationships with the beautiful/harsh landscapes of Iceland in as many different masochistic scenarios as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 12, 2003
[The] film is so sullen that it's more painful than a three-day family reunion with all of your least-favorite relatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 12, 2003
The central figures... are so shrill and spiteful that it's hard to care what happens to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 7, 2003
'The Sea' is only a step above a TV soap opera. But it is a step, and we're able to feel genuine compassion for some of the characters, while reveling in the greed and stupidity of the others.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 11, 2003
There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 10, 2003
enough heatless monologues to bore Victor Hugo
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 20, 2003
The motivations of these characters may be a tad easy to predict, but the passion with which Kormakur's cast invest themselves in the proceedings is impressive.
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2003
A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2003
Funny and entertaining ... in an Icelandic sort of way.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 12, 2003
The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 10, 2003
"The Sea" doesn't have the same raw sparkle of "101 Reykjavik" and certainly lacks much of the latter's whimsical wonder but it does represent a leap in filmmaking craft for Kormakur.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 8, 2003
Kormakur fails to make us care about these characters . . . rather, their scathing unpleasantness makes us want to run away as quickly as possible
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 7, 2003
Grows more and more ludicrous, like some compendium episode of 'Dallas' or 'Dynasty,' but with snow.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 6, 2003
Bad behavior, by itself, can entertain for only so long. By film's end, the laughs had disappeared and black comedy had turned into dour, pointless drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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