Fine Line Features | Release Date: December 17, 2004
8.7
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Universal acclaim based on 62 Ratings
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BrianR.Dec 23, 2004
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 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. Expand
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PaulH.Dec 18, 2004
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 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. Expand
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JoshFeb 18, 2005
"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 "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
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