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Beyond the Sea Reviews

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.
January 14, 2005
Spacey the actor bails out Spacey the director. He's been talking about his abiding love of Darin for quite some time, and he nails Darin in look, deed and buttery croon, making up for many of the film's structural deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 30, 2004
This vainglorious biopic about Bobby Darin is really about what the '60s pop singer and actor means to Kevin Spacey.
December 30, 2004
If Spacey's age problem proves an insurmountable distraction for literalists and Darin fans, his admirers will no doubt relish the chance to watch him sing, dance and basically take over the screen for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 30, 2004
This is one of those rare movies that's so bad it's good, with lavish production numbers in which Spacey sings out of sync with the voice track and dances out of sync with his own feet.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 30, 2004
Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 30, 2004
[Spacey is] someone who is capable of producing, writing, directing, starring and doing his own singing -- and making it all work magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 30, 2004
Watching Kevin Spacey's hilariously inept recreation of Bobby Darin's life in Beyond the Sea brings to mind the old Neil Diamond- Laurence Olivier remake of The Jazz Singer.
December 30, 2004
Offers little psychological insight into the man beyond his mantra -- 'I want it all. ... I want to surpass Sinatra in everything he does.'
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2004
For the most part this movie is a kick to watch, and what a crazy-cool thing for a guy with two Oscars to attempt, a salute from one wandering artist to another.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 30, 2004
Not unpleasant to watch, but it's another movie in which the art direction and costuming, and, of course, the soundtrack, are of more interest than the story, whatever it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2004
Your standard biopic boilerplate, with a lot of self-reflexive hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2004
The one thing Spacey couldn't do for Beyond the Sea was grow younger. And that's the 'gotta-shut-your-eyes' flaw that keeps Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic from being a great movie, instead of just a good one.
December 30, 2004
Ostensibly a love letter to Mr. Darin, it's more a love letter from Mr. Spacey to Mr. Spacey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 29, 2004
Beyond the Sea doesn't quite have [that swing]. But it's close.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2004
The movie possesses genuine feeling because Spacey is there with Darin during all the steps of this journey, up and down, all the way into death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2004
A movie that gets a few things absolutely right while getting quite a few other things very, very wrong indeed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2004
Jaw-droppingly awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 29, 2004
The film never gives you a real sense of what drove Darin on.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2004
Like a lounge revue on a second-class cruise ship.
December 18, 2004
The film's tortured conceit -- that a peculiarly older-than-reality Darin is making his own autobiopic, comparing memories with a kid who plays the hero as a sickly shrimp -- is its own kind of can't-look-away crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 17, 2004
What on earth could Spacey be thinking?
December 17, 2004
If there is a point, Spacey never makes it clear, nor manages to fully illuminate the people in Darin's orbit.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 17, 2004
The awkwardness of the film's structure and its inept theatrics diminish the real drama in Darin's life.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 17, 2004
Seems to be telling us a lot more about its star and director, Kevin Spacey, than its ostensible subject, Bobby Darin.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 16, 2004
In scenes that re-create up-tempo engagements at the Copacabana and other nightspots, this heartfelt portrait comes to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2004
It's a car wreck, a sideshow. You simply have to watch, there are so many things going so terribly, terribly wrong.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
December 16, 2004
Kevin Spacey's biography of Bobby Darin is a mess, but it captures Darin's desperation, his braggadocio and his magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2004
Spacey doesn't shy away from portraying Darin as a self-aggrandizing, self-mythologizing megalomaniac, but not only does he withhold judgment, he also withholds analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 16, 2004
A dazzling and fearless piece of showmanship.
December 14, 2004
Drowning in accidental subtext, it's both queasy psychodrama and earnest ego trip, a stunt so bravely defiant of commonsense realism that it borders on the avant-garde.
December 13, 2004
Great music and a few good scenes do not a movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2004
It has a great performance by Spacey and some of the best musical numbers in recent years.
December 10, 2004
A Whitman's Sampler of biopic clichés.
November 18, 2004
Doing his own singing, Spacey is a marvel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2004
A hugely entertaining, highly empathetic portrait.