The Sea Reviews

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
April 23, 2014
Though a flawed piece of cinema, The Sea marks a quite promising debut for Brown, as a film that certainly stays with you long after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 21, 2014
We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
April 18, 2014
The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 17, 2014
Shot with some verve on the coast of south east Ireland, it's a handsome and painstaking effort, though rarely one which breathes independently as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 16, 2014
Nobly acted and always reaching for a dreamlike resonance, The Sea is an adaptation of John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel - he also wrote the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 15, 2014
The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Holden
Total Film
April 14, 2014
[Hinds] carries it easily, but it's impossible to escape the sense that Banville's work is best experienced on paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
Variety
July 4, 2013
This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2014
Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach.
Hilary A White
Irish Independent
April 22, 2014
What we have is a 90-minute mood piece, then, which is all well and good. But 90 minutes is still a long time to be caught in a depressive undertow.
Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]
April 20, 2014
A lugubriously literary affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
April 18, 2014
Stick with the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
April 18, 2014
The characters do a lot of crying; viewers are more likely to giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
April 17, 2014
Despite Ciarán Hinds' best efforts, The Sea is a dull-as-dishwater melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
April 16, 2014
John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Niki Boyle
The List
June 26, 2013
It's the sort of thing that can play out well in prose, but ends up being dreadfully dull on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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