The Big Blue
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A visionary epic of obsession and beauty about Jacques Mayol, the handsome diver who is so at home in the water that he seems only half-human. Jacques' best friends are a family of playful porpoises and Enzo Molinari, his swaggering Italian diving rival. Jacques and Enzo grew up together in the Mediterranean, and remain lifelong friends despite a fierce battle for the top prize in the world free diving championships, where divers compete to see who can descend to the furthest depths of the sea with no equipment other than their own courage and determination. But when the dreamer Jacques… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Such a total disaster that it would have been an act of kindness for all concerned to have never released it."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The subtext is easy to follow; it's the screenplay that's impossible."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A hypnotically beautiful and metaphysical delight."
‑ , Film4
"The Big Blue soaks up the big screen in a splendor that's meant to be seen."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"It's the ultimate film about losing your innocence."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, Citysearch
"Besson fatally misjudges the cinematic interest of his theme."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What he and his writers have cooked up defies our patience."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"This simple tale of love, friendship and the sea lingers in the mind long after the final credits."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Is an extra 50 minutes of bad footage reason enough to re-release an already problematic movie? I wouldn't think so."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The film is a flawed fable but an intriguing one nonetheless."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"The film's undersea footage has a powerful otherworldly quality, much as if it were unfolding in outer space, as indeed it might be."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Besson is no master storyteller."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"One of a kind movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"No matter which version you see, the story doesn't really make sense."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Silly as the narrative may sound, The Big Blue is nonetheless intriguing in its quaint originality."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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