The Sea Inside

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. Placid and rather attractive on the surface, with depths you can sense but which are never fully plumbed.
  2. 50
    When pinned mostly in the man's bedroom, Amenábar's flashier instincts are stifled by a bolted camera and a procession of issue-of-the-week clichés.
  3. The film fails to convey the claustrophobic terror experienced by a man who called his book "Letters From Hell."
  4. 50
    You want the movie to stir your soul, push your intellect, or at the very least, break your heart. But it's such a repetitive and thinly constructed piece of filmmaking that the scope and complexity of Sampedro's case are turned to porridge.
  5. I remained strangely dry-eyed up to the final shot.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. LizB.
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    Brilliant and subtle; so many layers of meaning for multiple watchings; profound.
  2. Barna
    Dec 25, 2005
    10
    A very moving story, perfectly crafted from all angles.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    9
    Touching, powerful, intense....Amenabar does it again! This is not just a movie about solitude, it is also a movie about courage, integrityTouching, powerful, intense....Amenabar does it again! This is not just a movie about solitude, it is also a movie about courage, integrity and friendhsip. I am fluent in both languages (English and Spanish). It is great in both...better in teh original of course...the subtitles are never the same, but its beauty trascends the barrier of the language, anyway! Full Review »