The Sea

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Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Apr 15, 2014
    [A] good, middlebrow adaptation — which, despite being scripted by Banville himself, sacrifices much of the novel’s structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Holden
    Apr 15, 2014
    It’s impossible to escape the sense that Banville’s work is best experienced on paper.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Apr 15, 2014
    Despite its careful control of tone and a raging central performance by Ciaran Hinds, which is actually sufficient reason to see the film, this story of a man who plunges into childhood memories in the aftermath of his wife’s death remains admirable but wingless.
  4. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Apr 15, 2014
    The film can’t match the novel’s elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but a first-class cast (including Charlotte Rampling and Sinéad Cusack) make this an absorbing watch.