• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Terence Davies
    In Theaters:
    Mar 23, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 24, 2012
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The Deep Blue Sea Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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 Source: The New Republic

June 18, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The character is a victim of her own decisions, but Weisz's bruised performance in The Deep Blue Sea yields empathy for being battered by doomed romanticism.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B+

February 4, 2013
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The heart wants what it wants and all that; it's anybody's guess why that might be.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2013
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

As rumbling and tremendous a meditation on self and suicide as there's ever been onscreen. Director Terence Davies has now made masterpieces across four decades.

| Original Score: 4/4

November 5, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

While the film has some of the same characters as the play, the crucial relationship between Hester and the former doctor, Mister Miller (Karl Johnson of "Hot Fuzz") is reduced to almost nothing in the film.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

October 30, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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[Weisz'] performance that transforms her from actress to movie star.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 1, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Though "Deep Blue Sea" is a quiet and stately film on the surface, it's powerful and raw underneath.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Theater chamber piece efficiently directed and written by Terence Davies.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 5, 2012
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

The Deep Blue Sea is an eloquent love song. It's both hauntingly pitiful and very human. It's love in all its labor.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 30, 2012
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...so ravishing as pure cinema, it would likely work just as well - if not better - if the dialogue was turned down and the Barber played on.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 24, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Taking its tone from bombed-out post-war London, Davies' film is far from cheery, but if you don't mind the slow pace and can overlook the director's trademark mannerisms (including the almost obligatory pub singalongs), there's much to admire

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

July 17, 2012
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

A triumph of style and substance - a rare distinction that Davies has managed time and again.

Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies

July 15, 2012
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz

...will sort the lovers from the cynics in a heartbeat.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Davies visually enhances the content of the play in a purely cinematic way.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 9, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The design is stunning and cunning: In one shot, a breath of cigarette smoke comes to brilliant cumulous life as Hester blows it into an otherwise invisible but purposefully placed shaft of light.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There is more to the dense, deliberate and emotionally turbulent "The Deep Blue Sea" than its painterly style and anguished subject matter.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... an indigo tone poem about romantic restlessness - some call it "lust" - that is at once devastating, infuriating and a little unsatisfying, despite the best efforts of the actors and some genuinely beautiful visuals.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

April 29, 2012
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal

Intense presentation of the limitations of passion and the depth of real love.

Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2012
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

"The Deep Blue Sea" isn't a big or bold or conventionally ambitious film. It's only a superb one -- which, I fear, may not be enough to garner it the attention it deserves. Feel free to prove me wrong.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A-

April 26, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
March 23, 2012
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