The Deep Blue Sea Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
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.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 1, 2012
[Weisz'] performance that transforms her from actress to movie star.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
"It's difficult to judge when you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea." So it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2012
Weisz gives a heartbreaking performance; her Hester spirals into doom, hungry for the physical pleasures she has found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 12, 2012
Hiddleston is good as the fickle playboy but Weisz, who smoulders as Hester, is better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 6, 2012
This is Rachel Weisz's movie. She's as luminous as a Pre-Raphaelite portrait, yet she brings to Hester a high-wire, modern tremulousness...
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2012
This is an extremely deft job of adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 30, 2012
It's a time machine of a movie; but who will want to take the trip?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 30, 2012
Maddeningly oblique and incomplete, despite paying what at times feels like excruciating attention to the minutiae of a dying love affair's final hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2012
Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 29, 2012
It feels current. That's to do with the timelessness of Davies's idea of how lush a film can feel. It's also to do with the modernity of his star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2012
The film feels pity for the exhausted city of London. The vast metropolis was the scene of greatness during World War II, but a few years later, it is drab, hungry and without optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2012
In scene after scene, painful pauses in conversation seem to amplify the incessant ticking of the clock in the room, a subtle reminder that time rolls onward and our brief lives are not to be frittered away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 23, 2012
Director Terence Davies can paint melancholy and misery in as many shades as the Eskimos allegedly have words that mean "snow."
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 23, 2012
Even as it settles a bit more comfortably into its story of romantic disillusionment, The Deep Blue Sea is marked by a kind of profound stasis of choice.
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William Goss
Film.com
March 23, 2012
Captures a very delicate sense of romantic decay.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 23, 2012
In addition to Davies's visual style, the film benefits from precision acting from players who get the most out of Rattigan's dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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March 23, 2012
A shimmering exploration of romantic obsession and the tension between fitting in and flying free.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 23, 2012
That's the difficulty in warming up to The Deep Blue Sea: The first thing we see Hester do is foolish and inconceivable, which makes it hard to get invested in her future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2012
Try to stay on board. Whenever it does briefly slip away, it carries you along on a wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 23, 2012
Certainly stage-bound and dusty, but it's a perfect vehicle for Davies the aesthete/social critic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2012
[Weisz] does a fine, understated job within the parameters of Davies' stripped-down adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 22, 2012
Davies is in fine form here, with luminous perfs, especially from Rachel Weisz, rounding out a classy package.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 22, 2012
The social and psychological particulars, and the wonderful period details, are part of the background. And Mr. Hiddleston and Mr. Beale, disciplined and sensitive actors though they are, exist in the penumbra of Ms. Weisz's incandescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2012
Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
Beale is moving as a good man who wants to understand his wife but cannot, while Hiddleston aptly captures the baffled resentment of a bachelor who's been dragged into someone else's melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 22, 2012
In the face of Weisz's magnificence, it's impossible to dismiss The Deep Blue Sea as dated and creaky. Weisz makes it timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 22, 2012
Earns a place alongside Letter From An Unknown Woman and The Heiress, those beautiful romantic tragedies about women whose love curdles and rots when they get nothing in return.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2012
Passion defies reason in The Deep Blue Sea.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 21, 2012
The Deep Blue Sea is uneven and somewhat tentative in its evocation of a certain kind of fading moss rose among English womanhood, but it's mature, sophisticated filmmaking that is so welcome I recommend it highly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
Plumbing disquieting depth, Deep Blue Sea investigates the insoluble dilemma of romantic love: the expectation, contrary to experience, that we can or will find every quality that we want in a single person.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 20, 2012
After only six fiction features, Davies has staked out a subterranean psychology: forwardly gay, openly torn and just short of miserable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 20, 2012
Sombre and powerful.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 22, 2011
It's sad as a story and deeply evocative as a period piece, but it fails to take a grip on the heart in the same way that the very best of Davies's films do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5