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Hafiš (The Sea) (Havet) Reviews

July 11, 2003
There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2003
A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2003
Funny and entertaining ... in an Icelandic sort of way.
June 12, 2003
The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 5, 2003
A likable movie about people who are anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 30, 2003
A particularly strong family drama, and the Icelandic setting helps, adding a touch of the exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 29, 2003
A messy but thoroughly engrossing family saga that combines the brooding tone of Ingmar Bergman with the over-the-top skulduggery of Eugene O'Neill.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 29, 2003
It's an invigorating hybrid of soap opera and tragedy -- a wild Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, a fiery Cherry Orchard, a tragicomic King Lear on ice.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 16, 2003
Darkly humorous.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
May 16, 2003
If ever there were a movie to gladden the hearts of misanthropes, this is it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 15, 2003
A film of a neo-classical design, embellished by director Baltasar Kormakur's blackly comedic inclinations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2003
What starts off lively and offbeat soon becomes repetitive and shrill.
May 14, 2003
The loveliest moments put both politics and theatrics aside, conveying the strange beauty of a hard life involving little else than fish, water, and gray sky.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 13, 2003
Kormįkur is at his best with dark, raw humor. When he reaches for tragedy, his film feels predictable.