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

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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.
February 18, 2005
...an interesting and serious-minded failure.
February 4, 2005
It has a striking deficit. It tends to generalize from too winning a single case.
January 24, 2005
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.
January 5, 2005
It's very simple and streamlined, and all that's left is Bardem's bid for Oscar glory.
December 23, 2004
A miserable little gimp-of-the-week exercise awash with clichs and platitudes that the real Sampedro would probably have found condescending.
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.
December 20, 2004
You want to like Ramon and what's more you want Ramon to like himself.
December 17, 2004
In the end, The Sea Inside is a beautiful, rippling mirage shrouding an empty husk of misplaced emotions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2004
The only sad thing in this alleged tearjerker is watching singular talents like Bardem and Amenbar sucking up to the middlebrow Motorcycle Diaries crowd.
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 Ramn Sampedro's story
December 14, 2004
Director Alejandro Amenbar sidesteps legal polemics, but oddly doesn't aim for unflinching realism either, only hinting at the messy regimens that would underscore Ramn's claims of his condition's indignity.
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.
November 13, 2004
The Sea Inside is a four-hankie salute to the Oscar gods!
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