The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans presents a well-acted and handsomely mounted adaptation of its bestselling source material, but ultimately tugs on the heartstrings too often to be effective.

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Tom is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel's wish to keep the girl. Fate strikes again when the couple meet the child's biological mother on the mainland. Now, Tom and Isabel must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.

Cast & Crew

Michael Fassbender
Tom Sherbourne
Alicia Vikander
Isabel Graysmark
Rachel Weisz
Hannah Roennfeldt
Bryan Brown
Septimus Potts
Jack Thompson
Ralph Addicott
Caren Pistorius
Adult Lucy-Grace
Thomas Unger
Bluey Smart
Jane Menelaus
Violet Graysmark
Rosie Alison
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Tom Karnowski
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Jonathan King
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Jeff Skoll
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Adam Arkapaw
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Jim Helton
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Critic Reviews for The Light Between Oceans

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (142) | Rotten (90)

  • A grimly saccharine and interminably trite sea-sodden weepie.

    November 4, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • I suspect a doomed romance of another sort has unfurled: Acclaimed indie director falls for slush bucket best-seller and thinks he can "redeem" it with great cinematography and Oscar-winning actors.

    September 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    Tom Shone

    Newsweek
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  • Stand back from this fable and examine it for logic, and you see how nonsensical it is.

    September 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Contrivances and melodrama aside, it is emotionally true and that's often the most important thing for a film of this nature.

    September 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie ends up seeming like an inchoate hybrid of melodrama and psychodrama-between the oceans, indeed.

    September 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The movie errs most with its main plot, which requires the characters to behave with utmost stupidity, sacrificing its hard-earned storytelling for a frustrating payoff.

    September 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Light Between Oceans

  • Mar 29, 2017
    The film is at times emotional but for the better half it is a melodramatic painted in too much substance. The first half is terribly riddled with exposition and never captures the characters, this film needed to be longer to really drive home the story beats. They needed more time evenly split between the families and the struggles of the daughter returning home required more attention. The final scene was an emotional buildup that failed to really deliver, it was brilliant but without the remaining movie coming together it just feels a little lacking. There was a great film here, it seemed to have been lost with the lack of supporting characters and over the top direction. I think Terence Malick could've driven this film home, it really lacked a visual fest and atmosphere, you could nearly mistake this for a disney production. Great leads can't save an over baked drama film. 06-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2016
    Like a restaurant that advertises steak but rather serves hamburger.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2016
    Absolutely beautifully shot. The location for this film is amazing. The same goes for the acting as a couple comes to terms with adopting a child that is not theirs. Superb music too wraps up the complete package. This may be too slow and long winded for most but, for those who stick with it, it's worth it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2016
    Cianfrance has become an "expert" in corny melodramas, and this is like a shameless telenovela that suffers even more from the fact that there is no chemistry between the two bland leads and nothing in there to make us feel any sympathy for a couple of baby kidnappers.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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