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The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
...an interesting and serious-minded failure.
| Original Score: C+
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 20, 2004
You want to like Ramon and what's more you want Ramon to like himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2005
It's very simple and streamlined, and all that's left is Bardem's bid for Oscar glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 20, 2004
As beautiful, assured, and professional as it is, the film lacks edge and power, ending up being significantly less affecting than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 16, 2004
The Sea Inside, the story of a quadriplegic activist fighting for the right to die, struggles to transcend the disease-of-the-week genre to which it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 17, 2004
It's such a repetitive and thinly constructed piece of filmmaking that the scope and complexity of Sampedro's case are turned to porridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 17, 2004
It's still just a soap opera, wrapped around an argument. And it's one we've heard half-a-dozen times before.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 21, 2005
It comes as no surprise to learn that Javier Bardem, the virile and charismatic Spanish actor, is capable of turning on the charisma even working only from the neck up. What is alarming is realizing that the rest of the movie he's in is paralyzed as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 14, 2004
The only sad thing in this alleged tearjerker is watching singular talents like Bardem and Amenábar sucking up to the middlebrow Motorcycle Diaries crowd.
Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com
December 14, 2004
a vanity project that, from top to bottom, proves unequal to the task of unlocking the existential truths at the heart of Ramón Sampedro's story
| Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 4, 2005
Built around Bardem's immobile presence, the film can't help but seem stolidly monumental even as it explores issues that are heart-wrenchingly personal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2004
The Sea Inside is a four-hankie salute to the Oscar gods!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Spence D.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2004
In the end, The Sea Inside is a beautiful, rippling mirage shrouding an empty husk of misplaced emotions.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
December 14, 2004
Director Alejandro Amenábar sidesteps legal polemics, but oddly doesn't aim for unflinching realism either, only hinting at the messy regimens that would underscore Ramón's claims of his condition's indignity.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 17, 2004
The film is based on a true story, but that doesn't stop Amenabar from inventing certain characters and incidents to further his tearjerker agenda -- and court Oscar voters, who love this kind of high-toned schmaltz.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 12, 2004
Bardem, who somehow managed to win Venice's Best Actor trophy, does nothing but sit in a bed and ball up his little fists. Very disappointing.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
Despite a score by the director himself designed expressly to nudge viewers in the direction of catharsis, I never really felt anything.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 21, 2004
Bardem tackles the juicy acting challenge of playing someone paralyzed from the neck down by... simply pasting an obnoxiously smug, serial killer-creepy grin on his mug.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 23, 2004
A miserable little gimp-of-the-week exercise awash with clichés and platitudes that the real Sampedro would probably have found condescending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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