The Deep Blue Sea Synopsis
The wife (Rachel Weisz) of a British judge becomes involved with a rakish RAF pilot.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film most of all is about Hester, who stares out the window and smokes.
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80

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Propriety and recklessness make for uneasy bedfellows in The Deep Blue Sea, a shimmering exploration of romantic obsession and the tension...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film is a striking cinematic tone poem.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Rachel Weisz has become an exquisite camera artist. In a single shot, she can open up a whole movie. The Deep Blue Sea has a scene like...
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Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
There's such a thing as having too much reverence for your material, and although Davies is an extraordinarily gifted and principled...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies' attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Weisz's meticulously crafted turn is certainly touching, but it lacks the immediacy of, say, Celia Johnson's in 1945's "Brief Encounter."
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The Deep Blue Sea

By shane212
A very slowly--too slowly--paced film, over-artistically filmed in soft focus and very very darkly lit (all shots in dim interiors and dark nighttime streets). Rachel Weisz' performance was awesome...

The camera loves...

By rumbledoggie
...Rachel Weisz's face. She's an astonishing actor, so subtle and beautiful. The film is complex and reverberates with emotion and meaning. It is dark not only in its themes, but also in its...

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

By thedoctor777
This movie is slow and drawn out. It looks like it was filmed as a B movie. The lighting is bad from start to finish. The storyline is an old one done to death, married woman has an affair and gets...

A Deep Blue Sea

By Westchestermoviefan
Film was a disappointment. Good acting cannot save a faulty screenplay. Film is about a spouse who cheats on her husband and forfeits both husband and lover. Male or female this is an old story. ...

The Deep Blue Sea

By mulliganJen
As the other reviewers I agree it was slow. It was the slowest movie I have ever gone to and sat through. The characters were not developed. The story was too long and drawn out and anytime they...

Good Performances but too depressing

By Powerhugs
As much as I adore Rachel Weisz, this film is far too depressing to have much empathy for any of the characters...Essentially this love triangle that is set in postwar England has some good scenery...

Started awful and got worse

By cilavine
Samuel Goldwyn famously said that he wanted his movies to "start with a volcano and end with a bang (or an earthquake, or something)". This movie, which could win the prize for worst first date movie...

Languorous and confusing

By eajsalzer
This film may be faithful to the play from which it is adapted. Some elements are good, but it is exceedingly slow and confusing. It takes a very long time for the plot, to the extent that it exists,...

Well-acted but melodramatic and unsurprising.

By brunowe
Wife of a judge has an affair with an RAF officer. Rachel Weisz does a good job going through the emotional wringer and she has good support. Simon Russel Beale does a fine job as a judge and one...

Beautiful & Exquisite, But Slow

By brttknee
The opening sequence is immaculate and slow. There is no dialogue - just the exquisite Rachel Weisz and the camera; allowing the audience to rely purely on her emotions and the music behind them. ...