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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
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  1. BrianR.
    Dec 23, 2004
    6
    Melodramatic and manipulative. The filmmaker adds additionally handicapped characters needlessly. Yes, we feel sorry for Ramon. It would be awful to be in his situation. Why try for a few more tears by throwing some more cripples in. Most likely because Oscar voters love this stuff. Just average, nothing more, and overly long to boot. At times it feels like the film was made in real time.
  2. PaulH.
    Dec 18, 2004
    5
    Talky treatise with self indulgent score composed by the director. The only moment that actually works is accompanied by Puccini. The film seems to accomplish the opposite of what it intended: It is actually a relatively persuasive argument against euthanasia.
  3. Josh
    Feb 18, 2005
    6
    "The Sea Inside" started out quite well. I was drawn in by Ramon's rich fantasy life, Bardem's acting, and the exciting cinematography. However, as the film progressed and moved to its final justification and execution of Ramon's suicide, it became a typical exercise in manipulative, "based on a true story" moviemaking. The soundtrack became a cue for when to cry, when "The Sea Inside" started out quite well. I was drawn in by Ramon's rich fantasy life, Bardem's acting, and the exciting cinematography. However, as the film progressed and moved to its final justification and execution of Ramon's suicide, it became a typical exercise in manipulative, "based on a true story" moviemaking. The soundtrack became a cue for when to cry, when previously silence had been used to great effect, and the characters became less interesting, one-dimensional plot devices. The movie started out exploring the inner characters, but just sort of dropped them along the way. Don't believe all of the hype. There was no real persuasion as to why Ramon should die outside of the obvious, common-sense reality of his life and his vivid fantasy life almost made a convincing arguement that he should live. It's a good movie in terms of what's typically showing, but it is far from a great one. Expand
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    90
    The result is a film both poetic and profound.
  2. 88
    The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.
  3. 100
    A dramatic triumph.