100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Based on a true story, the movie has abundant humor and uplift - but it's a heartbreaker of extraordinary dimension.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A monumentally moving experience, from the powerful acting by Javier Bardem to the evocative music, composed by the director, Alejandro Amenábar.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

The result is a film both poetic and profound.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Has its share of contrivances, some more successful than others, but center stage is occupied by truth, and austere beauty.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
It's moving, romantic, dreamlike, flawlessly acted and so engaging as to make you forget about euthanasia before it jolts you back into recognition.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
For the most part, the film stays steady-on, celebrating one man's crusade - and one family's heartbreak.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The classy production, with its aesthetic graces, is especially convincing about the charisma of the man, a performance specialty of the great Bardem.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film, quite rightly, is a tour de force for Bardem.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
You want the movie to stir your soul, push your intellect, or at the very least, break your heart. But it's such a repetitive and thinly constructed piece of filmmaking that the scope and complexity of Sampedro's case are turned to porridge.
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74 out of 100
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