Sea of Love
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Sea of Love is a sexy, atmospheric thriller, very much in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, with involving characters, steamy love scenes, and surprising plot twists. Frank Keller (Al Pacino), is a lonely, tired, disillusioned, police detective, who has a problem with alcohol. Frank is investigating a serial killer, whom he believes finds victims by using personal ads in magazines, killing them while playing the old record "Sea of Love." In a scene both amusing and touching, Frank and his partner, Sherman (John Goodman) --aided by Frank's father (William Hickey in a lovely cameo)… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Efficient enough as a thriller, but what makes this mandatory viewing is the return of Pacino."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A bluesy thriller with a clever though not overly complicated premise."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Sea of Love has its Cinemax lapses in taste, but most films of the genre lack sophistication from which to lapse."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Marred by an implausible ending, 'Sea of Love' is still one Pacino's best vehicles."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"In the end the picture is done in by its familiarity - anyone who has seen any cop movies or cop TV shows has seen most of "Sea of Love" too many times before."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A lugubrious imitation of a second-rate television movie, over-produced and over-cast."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Price and director Harold Becker build in enough jumps and scares and good red herrings to be satisfying ..."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"Mediocre thriller with a good cast. I never want to hear that [expletive deleted] song again."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"More or less a popcorn thriller, but a good one of that."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"What impressed me most in the film was the personal chemistry between Pacino and Barkin. There can be little doubt, at this point, that Barkin is one of the most intense and passionately convincing actresses now at work in American movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Solid Pacino turn with Ellen Barkin giving strong assist."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Superb, steamy thriller that keeps you guessing till the very end."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"The plot may have been intended to be clever but fails somehow to have anything very unexpected. There are problems in continuity, casting, and plotting."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
More reviews for Sea of Love on Rotten Tomatoes