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  • Summary: Young Vincent Gellner is a determined man of many words, more often than not a man misunderstood. Suffering with Tourette syndrome his life is a constant wrestle with the idea of acceptance and his own uncontrollable and unique freedom of self-expression. When his mother passes away before she could gaze at the sea one last time he becomes haunted by life’s fleeting opportunities and is inspired to fulfill her final wish. With the help of his anorexic colleague Marie and their obsessive-compulsive pal Alex, Vincent escapes the confines of the clinic where he was sent by his father and steals a doctor’s car, buoyed by the opportunity to finally scatter his mother’s ashes to the sea. Pursued by his blustering father and uptight therapist, Vincent’s heartfelt race to freedom is an adventure fraught with both calamity and charm. (Umbrella Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jul 14, 2011
    63
    This is a bright, broad, silly, harmless movie whose sweetness is a means to an end.
  2. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 21, 2011
    63
    Complacent with road-movie tropes, director Ralf Huettner and screenwriter Florian David Fitz's Vincent Wants to Sea is likeable insofar as it's familiar.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 24, 2011
    60
    The picture's quiet performances and occasionally surprising moments take it just far enough off the beaten path to make it more than a transparently formulaic feel-good story.
  4. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Jun 24, 2011
    40
    Trapped inside the German film Vincent Wants to Sea there's an affecting father-son drama, an amusing road movie, a quirky romantic comedy and a non-patronizing take on mental illness. What we actually get - a homogenized movie-of-the-week set against the Alps and punctuated by anodyne English-language pop songs - brought out the cynic in me.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 30, 2011
    40
    What's missing is any of the real-life messiness that might have lifted this material from its creatively tic-ridden confines.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 21, 2011
    20
    If Vincent Wants to Sea proves nothing else, it's that a moronically quirky take on mental illness is no more palatable when it's subtitled.
  7. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Jun 27, 2011
    20
    The principal characters can be reduced to a handful of tics, and the entire story line is immaculately devoid of incidental detail. It's like sitting in a padded cell for about 90 minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 19, 2014
    10
    FANTASTIC! This movie mixes real life type people, showing seriousness, happiness, humour, and everyday events that can and do occur in this world! Very clever! Had me on the edge of the seat from the word GO! Lovable characters! Love it! One of my favourites for eternity! Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2012
    4
    'Vincent Wants To Sea' has a respectful contact to mental illnesses but not more. It fails hard at mixing drama and comedy and has far too quick turns in the plot. It's a nice little production with well actors and some really good scenes (like the mountain peak) but it's just disappointing in the end. Expand