Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 24, 2012
    100
    The movie is a museum of emotions, brought to contemporary life through the director's artistry and his leading lady's fire. Here, they show us, is how people felt, and hurt, in another time. Their love and pain can touch us today.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 24, 2012
    100
    The Deep Blue Sea is not a showy or pronounced movie. Open yourself up to it, however, and it might destroy you.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    To put the matter perhaps more abstractly than such a sensual film deserves, it is about the fate of untameable, irrational desire in a world that does not seem to have a place for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 21, 2012
    100
    There's a suffocating air to The Deep Blue Sea that makes it harder to access than other period romances of its kind, but Davies aligns himself wholly with Hester.
  7. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 21, 2012
    100
    In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the torment of Hester (Rachel Weisz).
  8. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Mar 23, 2012
    91
    A fine example of a director bringing just enough of his style to revitalize possibly dated material.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 12, 2012
    88
    The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 28, 2012
    88
    The film most of all is about Hester, who stares out the window and smokes.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 26, 2012
    80
    The only flaw here is the score. It's beautiful but so obtrusive, particularly at the start, that it threatens to turn the proceedings into melodrama.
  12. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Davies adapted a classic 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is being celebrated in Britain this year, and though you might have trouble sorting out the film's competing levels of authorship, one element attributable solely to Davies is the strategic use of music and quiet on the soundtrack.
  13. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Propriety and recklessness make for uneasy bedfellows in The Deep Blue Sea, a shimmering exploration of romantic obsession and the tension between fitting in and flying free.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Plumbing disquieting depth, Deep Blue Sea investigates the insoluble dilemma of romantic love: the expectation, contrary to experience, that we can or will find every quality that we want in a single person.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 20, 2012
    80
    It's the stuff of melodrama, heightened by Davies's pitch-perfect use of pop songs, like a sad "You Belong to Me," slurred by a misty crowd in a bar.
  16. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Mar 19, 2012
    80
    Sex is the subtext of everything that happens, yet this may be one of the least erotic movies ever made. It's stern and noble, very much in the Rattigan spirit. [26 March 2012, p.108]
  17. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Mar 18, 2012
    80
    Davies is in fine form here, with luminous performances, especially from Rachel Weisz, rounding out a classy package whose only major problem is it may be a bit too true to its period sensibility and legit origins.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 18, 2012
    80
    Rachel Weisz performs with enormous intelligence and restraint.
  19. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    This isn't traditional heritage cinema and it may not tickle the same taste buds that devoured "Tinker Tailor" or "The King's Speech." It does, however, represent the unique vision of an artist who needs to be met halfway, and in an age of hubbub, its patient elegance is a rare thing we should nurture.
  20. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 12, 2012
    75
    Happily, in his adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, The Deep Blue Sea, Davies has found a setting close to his heart and a subject more nearly suited to his style.
  21. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 29, 2012
    75
    Rachel Weisz has become an exquisite camera artist. In a single shot, she can open up a whole movie. The Deep Blue Sea has a scene like that.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 23, 2012
    75
    The image that sticks with you here is a smoky pub where the patrons are singing "You Belong to Me.''
  23. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    There's such a thing as having too much reverence for your material, and although Davies is an extraordinarily gifted and principled director, The Deep Blue Sea may suffer for that reverence.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    The film is a striking cinematic tone poem.
  25. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 21, 2012
    75
    It is quirky, dark, much maligned by feminists and too slow for some tastes, but it's a work worth seeing again, and Ms. Weisz is wonderful in it.
  26. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Mar 19, 2012
    75
    Its director's romantic sensibilities wed to Terrence Rattigan's 60-year-old play, this period drama is buoyed by Rachel Weisz's poignant embodiment of a bourgeois wife seeking erotic autonomy.
  27. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 18, 2012
    70
    As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies' attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather bloodless, suffocating thing, lent tragic passion more by its use of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto than by anything achieved by his star Rachel Weisz and her leading man.
  28. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 22, 2012
    63
    The Deep Blue Sea is a suffocating movie, and it's meant to be.
  29. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    Weisz's meticulously crafted turn is certainly touching, but it lacks the immediacy of, say, Celia Johnson's in 1945's "Brief Encounter."
  30. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 29, 2012
    38
    The story is maddeningly oblique and incomplete, despite paying what at times feels like excruciating attention to the minutiae of a dying love affair's final hours.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Nov 16, 2012
    2
    Interminable, indulgent and pretentious (unrequited) love drama which fails to provide one sympathetic main character (rich girl looking to indulge in a spicy affair; volatile paramour with an adosecelent attitude; ageing, doting cuckold). The intrusive, melodramatic score and clanging 'arty shots' further annoy and mystify. Poor show. Full Review »
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    6
    This film, for me, was a bit mixed. It was very well done and shot beautifully, the only gripe I had was that I never really had an emotional connection with the characters. It was a very slow paced movie but I was expecting that going in. While the film was pretty well acted for the most part it still seemed a little forced and fake. Decent film, if you like dramas/romance. Full Review »
  3. Apr 12, 2012
    1
    This is another one of those movies beloved by the lofty critics and hated by me. Why do I keep getting suckered into seeing these awful movies? It was dark, morose, contrived and dark! Oh did I mention it was dark? Post WW II England, this movie attempts to emotionally manipulate us into caring for a woman torn between lust and who knows what? I didn't care, my wife wanted to leave early as did a friend. Slow, boring and insignificant drivel. Stay home! Full Review »