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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)
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  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
    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
    Such a hopeless mess that there's no fun in tossing insults at its endless shortcomings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. WilliamD
    Apr 25, 2009
    Spacey is remarkable as the lead actor and his singing is excellent. The movie is a bit strange in it's presentation style, and I think someone else should have directed. Expand
  2. SandyB.
    Feb 7, 2006
    The music was worth the ride, and watching Spacey have so much fun was a blast.
  3. KeithB.
    Jun 8, 2008
    I think those that get overly nit picky about Spacey looking to old and the young kid narrating, seem to lose sight of how entertaining the film was and the fact that Spacey did a pretty damn good job at capturing his spirit of life lived and songs sung. Darin was a legend and seems to get pushed aside for the likes of Sinatra and the rat pack but he was every bit as dynamic and one of the greats. Nice flick! Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2014
    Beyond the Sea never really moves beyond a skin-deep biopic, and always feels off-beat, but Spacey saves the show. His portrayal of Darin is almost spot on, and he has a surprisingly good singing voice. It may try a bit too hard, but it is worth watching if only for the "Beyond the Sea" number. Expand
  5. StevenW.
    Nov 15, 2008
    This weird, tedious film was a major disappointment to me both as a Darin fan and Spacey fan.Spacey normally a great actor chose to caricature Darin instead. Also the story is inaccurate and the ending corny.The dancing and constant reflections of the young Bobby Darin were very distracting. Expand

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