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The Sea Reviews

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Hilary A White
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
April 22, 2014
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.
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
April 17, 2014
Despite Ciarán Hinds' best efforts, The Sea is a dull-as-dishwater melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Niki Boyle
The List
June 26, 2013
It's the sort of thing that can play out well in prose, but ends up being dreadfully dull on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
April 18, 2014
Stick with the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2014
Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach.
Mike McCahill
April 16, 2014
John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
April 18, 2014
The characters do a lot of crying; viewers are more likely to giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
April 20, 2014
A lugubriously literary affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Holden
Total Film
April 14, 2014
[Hinds] carries it easily, but it's impossible to escape the sense that Banville's work is best experienced on paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
April 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Fresco
January 28, 2016
The Sea, depending on your arthouse cinema stance, is either wonderfully languid, self-indulgent torture, or just plain bloody torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 21, 2014
We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
July 4, 2013
This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 15, 2014
The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 16, 2014
Nobly acted and always reaching for a dreamlike resonance, The Sea is an adaptation of John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel - he also wrote the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 17, 2014
Shot with some verve on the coast of south east Ireland, it's a handsome and painstaking effort, though rarely one which breathes independently as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
April 18, 2014
The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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