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Kevin Spacey serves as both director and star for this biopic based on the life and career of legendary entertainer Bobby Darin, which moves back and forth between his childhood and adult selves to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Born Bobby Cassotto and raised in the Bronx, young Bobby (played as a child by William Ullrich) was raised by his mother, Polly (Brenda Blethyn), his brother-in-law, Charlie (Bob Hoskins), and his sister, Nina (Caroline Aaron). At the age of 15, Bobby contracted a severe case of rheumatic fever, which was expected to take his life; while it left him with a weak… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"Many people under 40 may not even remember Bobby Darin, let alone know about his remarkable life story. Beyond the Sea may rectify that problem and stand as a wonderful tribute to an amazing talent who left us all too soon."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"If Spacey's age problem proves an insurmountable distraction for literalists and Darin fans, his admirers will no doubt relish the chance to watch him sing, dance and basically take over the screen for two hours."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Kevin Spacey's dedication is clear, both in his performance as Darin and in his wonderful direction"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Gimmicky recounting of the crooner's life."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Spacey the actor bails out Spacey the director. He's been talking about his abiding love of Darin for quite some time, and he nails Darin in look, deed and buttery croon, making up for many of the film's structural deficiencies."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This is one of those rare movies that's so bad it's good, with lavish production numbers in which Spacey sings out of sync with the voice track and dances out of sync with his own feet."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"More than 10-years in the making, the movie is a labor of love from Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth is superb as Darin's charming wife Sandra Dee."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Primarily a showcase for the considerable talents of Kevin Spacey [who] is worth the price of a ticket, but the film's structure gets in the way."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Serious moments have softened edges, the film rarely feels heavy. Always interesting and entertaining, but never especially deep and certainly not dark."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"This vainglorious biopic about Bobby Darin is really about what the '60s pop singer and actor means to Kevin Spacey."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A two hour shoulder shrugger for those too young to even know who Bobby Darin is, and what all this fuss is about."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"holds nothing back. When it's time for this admittedly offbeat biography to swing, the exuberance of its director-star washes away a lot of reservations."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It brings little to the usual biopic formula of success followed by ego followed by breakdown, beyond general professionalism."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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