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

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 4, 2005
If ever there was a film that deserved to get the proverbial bump from Oscar, this is it. Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 17, 2005
For whatever reason, it's an injustice that Bardem was not nominated for best actor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
Bardem's Ramón is such a vital life force, it's all the more bittersweet to watch him fight to leave a world that would be much emptier and sadder without him in it.
| Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 4, 2005
Ultimately, this is one man's story, told with great empathy, and Amenábar deserves great credit for lifting the film above the soap-opera sentimentality into which it could have easily fallen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 4, 2005
Amenábar shows us the aching depth of Sampedro's loss and makes his most eloquent statement on behalf of a man who only wanted control of his destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 4, 2005
Bardem's performance is the movie.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 4, 2005
In death is found a profound argument for life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2005
A gorgeous film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 3, 2005
This entire project easily could have turned into a weepy soap opera, but Bardem keeps it on point.
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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
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
January 21, 2005
Never once does this film sacrifice its moral ideas or complexity of character on the cheap altar of sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 13, 2005
Soars to the fantastically romantic heights of love between a man and a woman.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 6, 2005
What could have been a preachy biopic becomes poetry in the hands of the gifted director and writer and editor and composer Alejandro Amenabar.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2005
Amenábar (the inventive Spaniard who made The Others) promotes dignity, love, and inspiration with such insistence that there's relatively little chance to feel Ramón Sampedro's unendurable pain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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December 29, 2004
Absorbing and almost unbearably poignant.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 20, 2004
Javier Bardem is the heart of this movie and he gives a great, screen-filling performance.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 18, 2004
There's a combination of fatalism and hard-edged humor at work in The Sea Inside that you can imagine Irish writers would feel right at home with.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 18, 2004
For the most part, the film stays steady-on, celebrating one man's crusade -- and one family's heartbreak.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Nelson Pressley
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
Amenabar avoids passion and mess, but he hits his lesser mark -- plain dignity.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2004
Focuses on life, not death, and in doing so establishes the sanctity of individual ownership of an existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
December 17, 2004
Based on a true story, the movie has abundant humor and uplift -- but it's a heartbreaker of extraordinary dimension.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
The movie invites us to decide if we are pleased or not. I agree with Ramon that, in the last analysis, the decision should be his to make: to be or not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 16, 2004
It's a potent blend of emotional and cerebral filmmaking anchored by what may be the year's most impressive performance by the supremely talented Bardem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 16, 2004
Without lifting a finger, Javier Bardem gives the most stirring performance of the year.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2004
One of the most profound and uplifting dramas of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 16, 2004
Bardem, who continues to make a good case that he is among a handful of the best screen actors alive, is totally transformed.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
[Amenábar] is an exquisitely expressive filmmaker, and it's this, together with Bardem's stunningly calibrated performance, that gives this painterly blue-green movie its haunting beauty.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2004
Bardem accomplishes something extraordinary. Eschewing easy sympathy, he creates a real person, real pain.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 13, 2004
Amenábar maintains a low-key approach that preserves the film's emotional integrity while still making a powerful statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
November 13, 2004
A film both poetic and profound.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 17, 2004
Oscar talk will start early for Javier Bardem's masterly performance here.
| Original Score: 3.5/4