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The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

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25

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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59

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Beth Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer), a photographer, is married to Pat (Treat Williams), a restaurateur, and they would seem to have a perfect life in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1988, they have three small children that Beth takes along to her high school reunion in Chicago. While checking in at a crowded hotel lobby, her middle child, three-year-old Ben, disappears. Despite a frantic search and much media coverage, the boy is not found, and Beth soon falls apart. Nine years later, the family has

PG-13,

Drama

Stephen Schiff

Mar 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (19) | DVD (5)

Well-acted but pedestrian TV-like melodrama what what consitutes a family, or sociology versus biology in the kinship debate.

June 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a flawed but often effective family drama that turns on the deepest fear of every parent or guardian: that one dumb move, a single moment of neglect that can turn the rest of your life inside out.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Sometimes in tragedies healing can only take place when love means letting go.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Kudos to Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Michelle Pfeiffer turns in an impassioned performance of often gut-wrenching intensity in a film that deserves far less.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A respectable family drama, but is all the more disappointing since it is obvious that it could have been so much more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel may find enough echoes of the book to justify the price of admission. But others can see this sort of thinly crafted melodrama in TV movies every week.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Seems just to skim over the story... without ever delving into its depths.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

If Pfeiffer doesn't fill your tear ducts at some point in the film, see your doctor and have them checked.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Deep End of the Ocean

Moving story about a family who's son disappears but thye find him years later. Brilliant performance by Michelle.
August 11, 2007
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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

TV movie fare. Not bad, but nothing more than average.
January 5, 2007
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Steve B.

Super Reviewer

This is truly a sad film, but it has its problems. Michelle Pfeiffer played an incredible performance however.
February 18, 2012
Bradley Wright

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