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Beyond the Sea Reviews

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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 30, 2004
Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
December 13, 2004
Great music and a few good scenes do not a movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
December 28, 2004
So self-indulgent and all over the place that it never truly finds its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 29, 2004
A movie so inventive and varied in its badness that it's almost good.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
December 14, 2004
Directorial chutzpah is not nearly enough to save this dull and distant vanity project.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 5, 2004
A vainglorious valentine, but either act or direct. Please don't do both.
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Brian Orndorf
December 19, 2004
Spacey's tinkering is perplexing, and conspires against the real reason any film about Darin should be made: to showcase Darin's sublime natural abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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Mark R. Leeper
December 17, 2004
looks beneath the superficial glamour of Bobby Darin to find . . . not a whole lot that would not have been in the fan magazines
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Joshua Tyler
December 8, 2004
Embodies everything that is worst about movie musicals
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.
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.
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 23, 2004
Mack the Knife singer's story never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2004
A vain attempt not only to restore Darin's place in history, but to improve upon it... Colick's underdeveloped screenplay has trouble placing Darin's life onto a heroic scale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Carlo Cavagna
December 5, 2004
The film winds up being more a celebration of Spacey than Darin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Dale
December 17, 2004
You can't get much more Hollywood than a movie about a performer in which success is synonymous with quality.
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