Beyond the Sea Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 30, 2004
Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 13, 2004
Great music and a few good scenes do not a movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 28, 2004
So self-indulgent and all over the place that it never truly finds its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 29, 2004
A movie so inventive and varied in its badness that it's almost good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
December 14, 2004
Directorial chutzpah is not nearly enough to save this dull and distant vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 5, 2004
A vainglorious valentine, but either act or direct. Please don't do both.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 19, 2004
Spacey's tinkering is perplexing, and conspires against the real reason any film about Darin should be made: to showcase Darin's sublime natural abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 30, 2007
A two hour shoulder shrugger for those too young to even know who Bobby Darin is, and what all this fuss is about.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 17, 2004
looks beneath the superficial glamour of Bobby Darin to find . . . not a whole lot that would not have been in the fan magazines
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 8, 2004
Embodies everything that is worst about movie musicals
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
January 16, 2005
Beyond the Sea is a mishmash that's interesting only as a document of Spacey's obsessions.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 16, 2005
A showy, energetic little soap opera whose best moments come when Spacey plays it straight.
| Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 23, 2004
Mack the Knife singer's story never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2004
A vain attempt not only to restore Darin's place in history, but to improve upon it... Colick's underdeveloped screenplay has trouble placing Darin's life onto a heroic scale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
December 5, 2004
The film winds up being more a celebration of Spacey than Darin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
December 17, 2004
You can't get much more Hollywood than a movie about a performer in which success is synonymous with quality.
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
December 17, 2004
Exuberant, ambitious biopic that's engaging and entertaining yet strangely superficial. The razzle-dazzle fizzles out.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 19, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 15, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 6, 2005

ComingSoon.net
December 18, 2004
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Globe and Mail
January 15, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 15, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
July 14, 2006
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