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Hafi­ (The Sea) (Havet) Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2003
Kormßkur is fully content pimping his particular love/hate relationships with the beautiful/harsh landscapes of Iceland in as many different masochistic scenarios as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2003
The Sea is overcrowded and overwritten, with too many shrill denunciations and dramatic surprises; we don't like the characters and, worse, they don't interest us.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2003
The movie, which means to be a no-frills baring of the human soul, is undone by its own malignant contempt for every one of its characters.
Nick Schager
March 3, 2003
It's hard not to feel that this frosty ground has been tilled before, and with significantly less narrative dilly-dallying.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Cornelius
December 4, 2003
It's Shakespeare mixed with St. Elmo's Fire by way of Bj÷rk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 30, 2003
It was all so pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kent Turner
April 20, 2004
The confrontational family dinner features archetypes that would have been at home on Dallas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2003
The potential for spiteful humor exists throughout the movie, but Kormakur keeps hooking into melodrama, and for that you need at least one sympathetic character in whom to invest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2003
This fishing village is one cold, harsh, and colorless place - just like the people who live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 8, 2003
Kormakur fails to make us care about these characters . . . rather, their scathing unpleasantness makes us want to run away as quickly as possible
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Addison MacDonald
Premiere Magazine
May 30, 2003
Ultimately fails to separate itself from the countless family dramas that have come before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
February 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 16, 2003
The acidic Shakespearean family drama The Sea can't be faulted for lack of ambition. It can, however, be faulted for a fatal lack of heart.
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
May 18, 2003
With the script and most of the actors trying too hard, there's a shrillness to this unhappy clan, especially the women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 6, 2003
Bad behavior, by itself, can entertain for only so long. By film's end, the laughs had disappeared and black comedy had turned into dour, pointless drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
May 22, 2003
A mean-spirited little film of no consequence.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2003
Kormakur's drama is ultimately more ambitious than enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2003
What starts off lively and offbeat soon becomes repetitive and shrill.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 16, 2003
Dysfunction seeps from every pore of this family, and the anger and ugliness of the characters overwhelm not just the story but the movie's stunning National Geographic location.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2003
It's hard to imagine anyone enjoying it except for those seeking to see people up there on the screen unhappier than themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Joshua Tanzer
May 16, 2003
A watchable but calculated drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Elley
May 13, 2010

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