The Deep End of the Ocean

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Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics What's this?

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: In the middle of a crowded hotel lobby Beth Cappadora (Pfeiffer) looks away for a moment-and in that moment lives every parent's nightmare when her three-year-old son Ben disappears. This film portrays the joyful and wrenching experiences of Beth and her husband Pat (Williams) when BenIn the middle of a crowded hotel lobby Beth Cappadora (Pfeiffer) looks away for a moment-and in that moment lives every parent's nightmare when her three-year-old son Ben disappears. This film portrays the joyful and wrenching experiences of Beth and her husband Pat (Williams) when Ben mysteriously and miraculously reappears nine years later, at the age of twelve, a happily adopted child with no memory of his real parents. (Sony) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams give such magnetic performances that they elevate the film way above its middlebrow sensibility and proclivity for neat resolutions.
  2. The emotional resolutions aren't pat, exactly. But they're not messy either, and for material this inherently volatile, that seems like a cheat.
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    63
    About two faces of healing.
  4. This is the kind of movie that mistakes heartbreak for being housebroken.
  5. It's a classy but downbeat spin on the most familiar of TV-movie formulas.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    50
    Should have worked on our emotions like a scalpel, made us cry and bleed. But, though it's an affecting, polished film, it's not satisfying. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
  7. The movie's a floating longboat that ought to be ignited and pushed out to sea, Viking style.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. AgustinA.
    Sep 20, 2007
    10
    Is a excellent movie with an excellent plot a history that catches to the spectator at any moment the truth is that I recommend it.
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    2
    This should be made for television to watch after lunch if you have nothing to do instead .
    The story is so emotional but they failed to
    This should be made for television to watch after lunch if you have nothing to do instead .
    The story is so emotional but they failed to transform it to an acceptable movie
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