Sea of Love

1989

Sea of Love

Critics Consensus

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

78%

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Total Count: 27

65%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 15,697
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In this thriller, Al Pacino stars as Frank Keller, an alcoholic policeman in the depths of middle-age crisis. Frank begins investigating a serial killer who finds her victims through the personal ads and kills them while the song "Sea of Love" plays on the stereo. Responding to one of the ads, Frank finds himself falling in love with the sultry blonde Helen (Ellen Barkin), who happens to be the most likely suspect. Aside from Richard Price's crackling script, one of the most remarkable things about Sea of Love is Pacino's riveting performance. It was the first in many years to gain considerable critical acclaim and box office success, making the movie instrumental in his comeback in the late '80s and early '90s. Pacino doesn't over-act in Sea of Love, which gives its tense story more suspense, and helps make the somewhat far-fetched plot believable.

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Det. Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin
as Helen Cruger
John Goodman
as Det. Sherman
William Hickey
as Frank Keller Sr.
Paul Calderon
as Serafino
John Spencer
as Lieutenant
Christine Estabrook
as Gina Gallagher
Barbara Baxley
as Miss Allen
Patricia Barry
as Older Woman
Michael O'Neill
as Raymond Brown
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Omar Maldonado
Rafael Báez
as Efram Maldonado
Damien Leake
as Ernest Lee
Christofer de Oni
as Supermarket Manager
Dwayne McClary
as Supermarket Cashier
Thom Curley
as Toastmaster
Fred Sanders
as Cable Supervisor
Thomas Wagner
as Bartender
Manny Alfaro
as Doorman
Deborah Taylor
as Tense Woman
Nancy Beatty
as Raymond Brown's Wife
Bridget O'Sullivan
as Sherman's Wife
Delaney Moore-Wickham
as Helen's Daughter
Franz Fridal
as Criminal Type
Ho Man Philip
as Karate Cop
Igor Stern
as Violinist
Mark Phelan
as Murdered Man
Gerald Lenton
as Murdered Man
Jackie Laidlaw
as Yuppie Detective #1
Paul Hubbard
as Yuppie Detective #2
Bill Haslett
as Surveillance Team Member
James Kidnie
as Surveillance Team Member
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Critic Reviews for Sea of Love

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (6)

Audience Reviews for Sea of Love

  • 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
  • Sep 21, 2012
    Solid but not great. I heard that Pacino and Barkin had major issues on the set and it takes away from the "steamy" love scenes. A paycheque.
    John B Super Reviewer

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