The Deep Blue Sea (2012)



Critic Consensus: Featuring an outstanding performance by Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea is a visually stunning, melancholy tale of subsumed passion.

Movie Info

Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship … More

Rating: R (for a scene of sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Terence Rattigan, Terence Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2012
Box Office: $1.1M
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Rachel Weisz

as Hester Collyer
Tom Hiddleston

as Freddie Page
Simon Russell Beale

as William Collyer
Ann Mitchell

as Mrs. Elton
Jolyon Coy

as Philip Welch
Harry Hadden-Paton

as Jackie Jackson
Karl Johnson

as Mr. Miller
Sarah Kants

as Liz Jackson
Oliver Ford Davies

as Hester's Father
Barbara Jefford

as Collyer's Mother
Mark Tandy

as Ede and Ravenscroft ...
Stuart McLoughlin

as Singing Man in Tube
Nicholas Amer

as Mr. Elton
Philip Welch

as Jolyon Coy
Anne Mitchell

as Mrs. Elton
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Critic Reviews for The Deep Blue Sea

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (38)

Now a new film of the play appears, adapted and directed by Terence Davies with Rachel Weisz in that stellar [Hester Collyer] role and with Rattigan's work in a freshening treatment.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

[Weisz'] performance that transforms her from actress to movie star.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
Top Critic

The best parts of the movie, like the scene with William's mother, involve isolated set pieces in which Weisz interacts with another actor.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A story of passion and its aftermath; of what happens when an unhappy woman goes chasing after something shiny, only to find how quickly it fades.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Davies doesn't provide stylish counterweights to the heavy drama. Any story that starts with a woman writing a suicide note is cheating us of an honest investment in the outcome.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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