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Beyond the Sea (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 88

Kevin Spacey's bio of singer Bobby Darin is either a fearless piece of showmanship or an embarrassing vanity project, according to critics.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 22

Kevin Spacey's bio of singer Bobby Darin is either a fearless piece of showmanship or an embarrassing vanity project, according to critics.

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For Bobby Darin, performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. From the age of seven, Walden Robert Cassotto--Little Bobby knows the odds are stacked against him. Rheumatic fever has permanently damaged his heart, and he's not expected to make it to age fifteen. Bobby's family pours all their energies into caring for him. Bobby's frail heart may be one truth, but his mother Polly, a former singer, introduces her boy to another

Jun 7, 2005

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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (88) | DVD (22)

Many people under 40 may not even remember Bobby Darin, let alone know about his remarkable life story. Beyond the Sea may rectify that problem and stand as a wonderful tribute to an amazing talent who left us all too soon.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Spacey the actor bails out Spacey the director. He's been talking about his abiding love of Darin for quite some time, and he nails Darin in look, deed and buttery croon, making up for many of the film's structural deficiencies.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This vainglorious biopic about Bobby Darin is really about what the '60s pop singer and actor means to Kevin Spacey.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If Spacey's age problem proves an insurmountable distraction for literalists and Darin fans, his admirers will no doubt relish the chance to watch him sing, dance and basically take over the screen for two hours.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is one of those rare movies that's so bad it's good, with lavish production numbers in which Spacey sings out of sync with the voice track and dances out of sync with his own feet.

December 30, 2004
San Jose Mercury News
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Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

More than 10-years in the making, the movie is a labor of love from Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth is superb as Darin's charming wife Sandra Dee.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A two hour shoulder shrugger for those too young to even know who Bobby Darin is, and what all this fuss is about.

March 30, 2007 Full Review | Comments (2)
Long Island Press

Kevin Spacey's dedication is clear, both in his performance as Darin and in his wonderful direction

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Primarily a showcase for the considerable talents of Kevin Spacey [who] is worth the price of a ticket, but the film's structure gets in the way.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

holds nothing back. When it's time for this admittedly offbeat biography to swing, the exuberance of its director-star washes away a lot of reservations.

June 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Serious moments have softened edges, the film rarely feels heavy. Always interesting and entertaining, but never especially deep and certainly not dark.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

It brings little to the usual biopic formula of success followed by ego followed by breakdown, beyond general professionalism.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

A showy, energetic little soap opera whose best moments come when Spacey plays it straight.

February 16, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

...this is a film that might -- like Coppola's One From the Heart -- develop something of a cult following

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Kevin Spacey has made a passionless one-man show about the wrong man. It's a showcase for the star-director's pipes, no doubt, but also his pretensions.

February 3, 2005 Full Review

Much like basking in front of your own image, Spacey's Beyond the Sea is a vanity project, albeit one with some interesting layers surrounding it.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Views

This is the anti-blockbuster, the slow-burning film that tries to be as cool as the man it's about...

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The musical and dance numbers in the film are excellent. The story is compelling.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Beyond the Sea is a mishmash that's interesting only as a document of Spacey's obsessions.

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Much more 'Splish' than 'Splash.'

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

given the choice, I'll take Spacey's hilarious, spot-on impression of Christopher Walken over Bobby Darin any day

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A vastly entertaining vehicle that showcases Spacey's talents as a song-and-dance man as much as it explains Darin's life.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Sea

This movie did not live up to its tagline and all in all lacked a certain lustre that this kind of film demands. That's not to say that Kevin Spacey did a bad job directing or acting; he did them very well. I just don't know if he was the right person to do it.
April 11, 2007
MidnightMadwoman

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This was great, I didn't know very much about Bobby Darin and Kevin Spacey certainly played a great part.
February 19, 2007
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Kevin Spacey is absolutely marvelous. A teriffic performance. He sing's, writes, produces and directs a magnificent movie. Kate Bosworth is fantastic. This is a wonderful film. It's an sensational, riveting, extroadinary and brilliant biopic
November 27, 2006
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    1. Bobby Darin: It turns out I can do whatever the F I want.
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    1. Steve Blauner: I sure am getting fat.
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