Though there are ugly events galore, there is not an ugly frame in this entire masterpiece of a soap opera by the sea.
a typical icelandic drama
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The confrontational family dinner features archetypes that would have been at home on Dallas.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's Shakespeare mixed with St. Elmo's Fire by way of Bj÷rk.
| Original Score: 2/5
For its unique mix of fire and ice, The Sea deserves to be seen.
| Original Score: 4/5
It was all so pointless.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[The] film is so sullen that it's more painful than a three-day family reunion with all of your least-favorite relatives.
| Original Score: 2/4
The central figures... are so shrill and spiteful that it's hard to care what happens to them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
'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.
| Original Score: B+
There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.
enough heatless monologues to bore Victor Hugo
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.
| Original Score: 3/4
Funny and entertaining ... in an Icelandic sort of way.
The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.
| Original Score: B
"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.
| Original Score: B-
Kormakur fails to make us care about these characters . . . rather, their scathing unpleasantness makes us want to run away as quickly as possible
| Original Score: 1/5
Grows more and more ludicrous, like some compendium episode of 'Dallas' or 'Dynasty,' but with snow.
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