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The Deep Blue Sea Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2012
The design is stunning and cunning: In one shot, a breath of cigarette smoke comes to brilliant cumulous life as Hester blows it into an otherwise invisible but purposefully placed shaft of light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 3, 2012
There is more to the dense, deliberate and emotionally turbulent "The Deep Blue Sea" than its painterly style and anguished subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 3, 2012
It's never a good thing when your main character is the least interesting person onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
Terence Davies doesn't make movies so much as he makes moods, languorous explorations of time and space that coalesce like a cloud of fragrant smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
... an indigo tone poem about romantic restlessness - some call it "lust" - that is at once devastating, infuriating and a little unsatisfying, despite the best efforts of the actors and some genuinely beautiful visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 27, 2012
Rachel Weisz is impressive, but The Deep Blue Sea is never as good as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
April 27, 2012
Intense presentation of the limitations of passion and the depth of real love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
The Deep Blue Sea looked good and featured a fantastic leading performance from Weisz but the men fail the film, like their characters fail Hester (Weisz). Maybe that's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
April 26, 2012
"The Deep Blue Sea" isn't a big or bold or conventionally ambitious film. It's only a superb one -- which, I fear, may not be enough to garner it the attention it deserves. Feel free to prove me wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 26, 2012
The best parts of the movie, like the scene with William's mother, involve isolated set pieces in which Weisz interacts with another actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
April 21, 2012
Somber analysis of 1950's hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
A story of passion and its aftermath; of what happens when an unhappy woman goes chasing after something shiny, only to find how quickly it fades.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 19, 2012
Davies doesn't provide stylish counterweights to the heavy drama. Any story that starts with a woman writing a suicide note is cheating us of an honest investment in the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
April 18, 2012
Come for the music and the visuals, put up with the story, and enjoy a rare feature film from a master filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
April 16, 2012
For all of its theatrics, The Deep Blue Sea is a flat portrait of love and the depressing depths of heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
"It's difficult to judge when you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea." So it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2012
Weisz gives a heartbreaking performance; her Hester spirals into doom, hungry for the physical pleasures she has found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 12, 2012
Hiddleston is good as the fickle playboy but Weisz, who smoulders as Hester, is better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
April 11, 2012
The plot is formulaic; the power lies elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 11, 2012
This beautifully photographed film, which starts with an outstanding long crane shot accompanied by Samuel Barber's haunting violin music, breathes fresh life into what might have been an arcane story from another, not so fashionable, era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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