Hafiš (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
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
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+
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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
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2003
A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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-
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 6, 2003
There's little healing to be found in the bitter melodrama, but there is a small sense of triumph...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 5, 2003
A likable movie about people who are anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
June 5, 2003
The emotional appeal could be likened to that of a car wreck--Kormakur knows you'll have to look just to see how bad it gets.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2003
A particularly strong family drama, and the Icelandic setting helps, adding a touch of the exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 29, 2003
A messy but thoroughly engrossing family saga that combines the brooding tone of Ingmar Bergman with the over-the-top skulduggery of Eugene O'Neill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2003
It's an invigorating hybrid of soap opera and tragedy -- a wild Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, a fiery Cherry Orchard, a tragicomic King Lear on ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 27, 2003
A decent Icelandic import about obligation and skeletons in the closet. The film's greatest success is in its metaphor -- that it captures the similarities familial bonds share with its turbulent namesake.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 25, 2003
Kormakur and cowriter Olafur Haukur Simonarson take the themes of the overrated Dogme film "The Celebration," turn them inside out and infuse them with global economics, black humor and some of the quirks of the coastal "Local Hero."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 16, 2003
Downright Shakespearean in its intimate sweep.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 16, 2003
If ever there were a movie to gladden the hearts of misanthropes, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Screen International
June 27, 2013
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 13, 2010
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
May 16, 2003
A watchable but calculated drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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