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Beyond the Sea (2004)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

39%
Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 22

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 17,771

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for some strong language and a scene of sensuality)
Genre:
Musical & Performing Arts , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Attanasio , James Toback , Lorenzo Carcaterra , Kevin Spacey , Lewis Colick
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 7, 2005
Box Office:
$6.1M
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Sea

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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
CNN.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This vainglorious biopic about Bobby Darin is really about what the '60s pop singer and actor means to Kevin Spacey.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Long Island Press

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2006
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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2005

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005

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.

Full Review… | January 24, 2005

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2005
MovieCrypt.com

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | January 16, 2005

Much more 'Splish' than 'Splash.'

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Sea

Kevin Spacey did a great job putting together the story of Bobby Darin, one of the most popular singers of his time in the 60's. Spacey directed and starred and even did his own singing and dancing in this film that chronicles Darin's childhood then skips ahead to when he's older and just starting out. Darin didn't have drug and alcohol problems or anything else that gets thrown into your usual run-of-the-mill biopic. Bobby Darin was given just years to live, so he pretty much lived his entire life on borrowed time. He had the usual marital troubles and later finds out his sister is actually his mother, but - for better or worse - the story doesn't have the drama and theatrics that most films of these types seem to delve into and ride until the end. Still, Spacey did a terrific job in capturing the spirit and joy that performing did for Darin back in the day.

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Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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.

MidnightMadwoman
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

Beyond the Sea Quotes


Bobby Darin: It turns out I can do whatever the F I want.
– Submitted by Jesse K (21 months ago)
Steve Blauner: I sure am getting fat.
– Submitted by Jesse K (21 months ago)

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