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Beyond the Sea Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
More than 10-years in the making, the movie is a labor of love from Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth is superb as Darin's charming wife Sandra Dee.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 30, 2007
A two hour shoulder shrugger for those too young to even know who Bobby Darin is, and what all this fuss is about.
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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
December 30, 2006
There is no doubt that Spacey does a great job of portraying the entertainer, but he's so wrapped up in this project that he fails to see that it's become a collection of musical numbers without any real heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 30, 2006
Many people under 40 may not even remember Bobby Darin, let alone know about his remarkable life story. Beyond the Sea may rectify that problem and stand as a wonderful tribute to an amazing talent who left us all too soon.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
Kevin Spacey's dedication is clear, both in his performance as Darin and in his wonderful direction
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 8, 2006
Primarily a showcase for the considerable talents of Kevin Spacey [who] is worth the price of a ticket, but the film's structure gets in the way.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 6, 2005
holds nothing back. When it's time for this admittedly offbeat biography to swing, the exuberance of its director-star washes away a lot of reservations.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 6, 2005
Serious moments have softened edges, the film rarely feels heavy. Always interesting and entertaining, but never especially deep and certainly not dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
It brings little to the usual biopic formula of success followed by ego followed by breakdown, beyond general professionalism.
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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 16, 2005
A showy, energetic little soap opera whose best moments come when Spacey plays it straight.
| Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 11, 2005
...this is a film that might -- like Coppola's One From the Heart -- develop something of a cult following
| Original Score: B-
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 3, 2005
Kevin Spacey has made a passionless one-man show about the wrong man. It's a showcase for the star-director's pipes, no doubt, but also his pretensions.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 24, 2005
Much like basking in front of your own image, Spacey's Beyond the Sea is a vanity project, albeit one with some interesting layers surrounding it.
Kevin A. Ranson
January 21, 2005
This is the anti-blockbuster, the slow-burning film that tries to be as cool as the man it's about...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 20, 2005
The musical and dance numbers in the film are excellent. The story is compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
January 16, 2005
Beyond the Sea is a mishmash that's interesting only as a document of Spacey's obsessions.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 15, 2005
Much more 'Splish' than 'Splash.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 15, 2005
given the choice, I'll take Spacey's hilarious, spot-on impression of Christopher Walken over Bobby Darin any day
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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