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Moody and steadily alluring, Sea of Love benefits immeasurably from the window-fogging chemistry between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino. Read critic reviews

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Troubled New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) investigates a serial killer who finds victims using personal ads in a magazine and leaves the song "Sea of Love" playing at his crime scenes. With the help of his partner, Sherman Touhey (John Goodman), Frank concocts a plan to find the killer using his own personal ads. But when Frank falls for one of his chief suspects, Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), he struggles to reconcile his personal life and his professional duty.

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  • Apr 21, 2021
    Pacino is quite good here and I liked the earlier scenes which have both an air of authenticity and good dialogue but the romance and the final twist are both entirely unconvincing. The movie fittingly ends with a ridiculous scene.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2013
    Decent erotic film noir thriller with a recognizable cast. Ellen Barkin looks so good in this and it's funny to see her tower over Pacino. It's kind of dated now, but it was a big hit when first released in 89'.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    "in the style of Alfred Hitchcock"? "with ......... surprising plot twists"? I rather felt it as just another cop flick. The story is ordinary one and the execution isn't any great either. A few good moments is all. 1/5 (0.75 for the flick's casting & performances, and the rest for the rest).
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2013
    I enjoyed this film when I watched it for the first time but upon revisiting I have lowered my rating due to the various issues I have with the film. The tone is quite inconsistent, with an odd conclusion that would suit a romantic comedy. Don't get me wrong, the scene is wonderfully acted but it feels out of place in a film like this. The film lacks any real chemistry between the two main actors, Pacino is dialled down and offers an interesting twist on his usual persona. The film goes from beat to beat without diving into the overall arc and the characters choice to ignore her as a suspect was very odd, considering it was after the first night. The film is okay for a night in but Becker never feels at ease with the story or the plotting, just a basic thriller. 03/11/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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