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  • Summary: For Bobby Darin (Spacey), performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. In Beyond the Sea, Bobby tells us his own story, in his last great performance. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. Kevin Spacey, both as star and director, has created a hugely entertaining, highly empathetic portrait of a man for whom music was literally the thing that kept him alive.
  2. 75
    It is also probably relevant that Spacey, in preparing the project, knew something we could not guess: He is a superb pop singer.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Spacey's brazen casting isn't as beyond the pale as it ought to be. In fact, it's hard to imagine this strange and only occasionally successful movie without him.
  4. Beyond the Sea, with all its gaping faults, is the genuine article. It succeeds in being deeply and sincerely insincere.
  5. 38
    The willfully eccentric Beyond the Sea seems to be telling us a lot more about its star and director, Kevin Spacey, than its ostensible subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    10
    Such a hopeless mess that there's no fun in tossing insults at its endless shortcomings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21

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