By The Sea Reviews

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December 31, 2015
It's a fascinating experiment, and proof that Jolie truly has directorial chops and an extraordinary eye for imagery.
December 13, 2015
This is like an old-fashioned piece of erotica, Jolie Pitt bravely appearing pretty extensively nude, or a sex comedy, except there are no jokes.
December 12, 2015
As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.
December 10, 2015
If only By the Sea were hilariously bad, I could recommend it for star power alone. But this is a film stuck in the doldrums.
December 10, 2015
Angelina and Brad do have that longed-for commodity: chemistry, though it bubbles away to nothing at the end.
December 1, 2015
Not much happens but the cinematographer Christian Berger gives the emptiness a monumentality that demands the big screen, with the postcard vistas, glamorous costumes and retro props compensating for the lack of drama.
November 23, 2015
The actors aren't unhinged enough for the scathing conceit, and the script is more of a mechanism than a revelation.
November 20, 2015
The point to all this seems to be life is cruel and people are jerks, but sometimes very good-looking jerks. Deep.
November 19, 2015
Pitt invests the vague, cranky relationship with his usual intelligence and restraint, but the movie is destined to rank with such celebrity-couple fiascos as Gigli (2003) and Shanghai Surprise (1986).
November 19, 2015
It's very, very slow, with probably only 20 minutes in a two-plus-hour movie in which something could be said to be happening.
November 19, 2015
It's like a fashion magazine put out a video to help you sleep.
Top Critic
November 19, 2015
So boring it defies description. By the Sea is not only a dog; it's a dog that's got fleas.
November 13, 2015
Jolie might have a good film in her yet, should she be able to relinquish the unnecessary yearning to be taken seriously that's weighed everything she's made so far down.
November 13, 2015
For me the film's deeper intent is illustrating the ebb and flow of marriage and the need to not just accept that reality, but to embrace it.
November 13, 2015
The Pitts, it must be said, suffer gorgeously. But Jolie-Pitt's attempt to emulate European art cinema is a slow, sodden, stupefyingly dull take on a 1970s marriage gone bad.
November 13, 2015
Such a borderline unendurable exercise in vapid self-indulgence that it almost feels like an exceptionally straight-faced parody of empty-headed star vehicles.
November 13, 2015
By the Sea [is] a strange, dream-like undertaking and ravishing to look at. What it all means is tougher to work out.
November 13, 2015
Until more A-listers start directing psychodramas featuring ample French dialogue, By the Sea is a welcome, if half-successful, tide change.
November 13, 2015
There's little real drama here. Just one shot after another of Jolie lying on a chaise longue, stretching out a pale leg, elegantly arching one foot and thinking hard about the emptiness of existence.
November 13, 2015
What the Pitts failed to realize during production, is that there is more to those beloved European art-house films than pretty scenery and stylish wardrobes.
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