The Big Blue (Le Grand bleu)
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Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men (he even considers a school of… 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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