The Sea Reviews

July 6, 2017
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.
April 21, 2014
We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera.
April 20, 2014
A lugubriously literary affair.
April 18, 2014
The characters do a lot of crying; viewers are more likely to giggle.
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.
April 17, 2014
Despite Ciarn Hinds' best efforts, The Sea is a dull-as-dishwater melodrama.
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.
April 16, 2014
John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms.
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.
April 15, 2014
The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.
July 4, 2013
This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.