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Though handsomely photographed and featuring a compelling cast, the Ireland-set memory piece ... will leave audiences wondering how much more satisfying the muted drama might be on the page.
The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.
This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.
The stalwart talents involved bolster this drama.
As grief-porn goes, The Sea washes up closer to Every Thing Will Be Fine than Louder Than Bombs.
The Sea, depending on your arthouse cinema stance, is either wonderfully languid, self-indulgent torture, or just plain bloody torture.
Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach.
Though a flawed piece of cinema, The Sea marks a quite promising debut for Brown, as a film that certainly stays with you long after the credits roll.
What we have is a 90-minute mood piece, then, which is all well and good. But 90 minutes is still a long time to be caught in a depressive undertow.
We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera.
A lugubriously literary affair.
Stick with the book.
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