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Black Sea Reviews

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May 22, 2016
It is a shame Kelly's narrative clunks and clangs along, because Jude Law is terrific as the salty Robinson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 5, 2015
The film disappoints due to its lack of tension and gaffes in realism, which should have been airtight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 5, 2014
When the most convincing thing about a film is Jude Law's Scottish accent, you can be sure it has problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2014
Whether as an adventure tale, a thriller, or a morality play, "Black Sea" never quite makes a compelling enough case for its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 24, 2014
The chilling and tense ambiance is not enough to save this feature from its generic tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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December 5, 2014
Despite rugged craft and a seaworthy ensemble, Kevin Macdonald's low-key submarine thriller never quite sparks to life.
April 7, 2015
Jude Law completes with Black Sea his transformation into one of the UK's most imposing screen presences. This, we were not expecting. What next? Ray Winstone, now out of a job, auditioning for Alfie 2?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 21, 2015
Shallow, swamped by cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 27, 2015
You'll be holding your breath right along with these treasure hunters as their hope for survival grows as black as the ocean depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 29, 2015
We don't truly know this skipper, so when crew members accuse him of letting gold fever compromise his sanity, we have no way to tell if they're right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2015
This is a case where the dangers of the ocean depths prove far less lethal than a screenwriter with a lack of imagination.
February 1, 2015
While "Black Sea" physically dives deep, the story is shallow, the character's motivations are irrational and the drama is forced. The star of the film is the old, rickety submarine and the tension only she provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
December 7, 2015
Black Sea is a perfectly dutiful, professional piece of work, with several creditable performances, but it's the sort of movie that doesn't have quite enough of any one thing going for it that might eclipse its influences.
February 6, 2015
"Black Sea" is shrill and strident - an overall unpleasant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 29, 2015
Cliches abound in this waterlogged post-Cold War thriller from director Kevin Macdonald.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 22, 2015
The story loses credibility as it goes along, as the body count escalates, and Robinson's solutions to life-and-death crises grow increasingly far-fetched. Well before it ends preposterously, "Black Sea" has taken leave of its senses.
January 30, 2015
As the perils mount, a certain momentum takes hold, though never quite enough to justify taking up two hours' space in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2015
[You] could do far worse than this competently steered, claustrophobic adventure. But better fare exists in the subgenre catalog, and implausibility problems make this movie only partially compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2015
Despite leading man Jude Law's passionate performance, his vessel continuously springs leaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 4, 2014
The disappointment of Dennis Kelly's script, and also Kevin Macdonald's direction, is how arbitrarily the onboard drama develops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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