Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Based on a true story, the movie has abundant humor and uplift - but it's a heartbreaker of extraordinary dimension.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A monumentally moving experience, from the powerful acting by Javier Bardem to the evocative music, composed by the director, Alejandro Amenábar.
  3. 100
    The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Allison
    In the way that water can heal and harm, this film balances moments of dreamy spirituality with the salty harshness of family disputes.
  5. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    The result is a film both poetic and profound.
  6. 90
    What makes The Sea Inside such a riveting drama is that none of these relationships is sufficient to make Ramón want to go on living.
  7. Bardem's performance is a marvel of restraint and control, both physical and emotional.
  8. 88
    The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.
  9. The film is a melancholy but poetic meditation on the fragility of the gift of life.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. LizB.
    Jun 9, 2007
    Brilliant and subtle; so many layers of meaning for multiple watchings; profound.
  2. Barna
    Dec 25, 2005
    A very moving story, perfectly crafted from all angles.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    Touching, 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 »