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

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May 13, 2009
November 1, 2007
Can a movie be too well made for its own good? Stylish and painterly, with moments of great lyricism, it flies over the Spanish countryside to the sea...the film does everything in its power to escape the claustrophobia inherent in the story.
March 7, 2005
March 4, 2005
Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro.
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.
February 17, 2005
For whatever reason, it's an injustice that Bardem was not nominated for best actor.
February 17, 2005
Bardem's Ramn 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.
February 4, 2005
Ultimately, this is one man's story, told with great empathy, and Amenbar deserves great credit for lifting the film above the soap-opera sentimentality into which it could have easily fallen.
February 4, 2005
Amenbar 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.
February 4, 2005
Bardem's performance is the movie.
February 4, 2005
In death is found a profound argument for life.
February 3, 2005
A gorgeous film.
February 3, 2005
This entire project easily could have turned into a weepy soap opera, but Bardem keeps it on point.
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 21, 2005
Never once does this film sacrifice its moral ideas or complexity of character on the cheap altar of sentimentality.
January 13, 2005
Soars to the fantastically romantic heights of love between a man and a woman.
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.
January 5, 2005
Amenbar (the inventive Spaniard who made The Others) promotes dignity, love, and inspiration with such insistence that there's relatively little chance to feel Ramn Sampedro's unendurable pain.
December 29, 2004
Absorbing and almost unbearably poignant.
December 20, 2004
Javier Bardem is the heart of this movie and he gives a great, screen-filling performance.
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