The Deep Blue Sea
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Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Now a new film of the play appears, adapted and directed by Terence Davies with Rachel Weisz in that stellar [Hester Collyer] role and with Rattigan's work in a freshening treatment."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The best parts of the movie, like the scene with William's mother, involve isolated set pieces in which Weisz interacts with another actor."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Weisz makes Hester's dilemma interesting for a while, but even an actress as fine as she can't begin to mold the character into someone worth caring about."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"The heart wants what it wants and all that; it's anybody's guess why that might be."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"While the film has some of the same characters as the play, the crucial relationship between Hester and the former doctor, Mister Miller (Karl Johnson of "Hot Fuzz") is reduced to almost nothing in the film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"A story of passion and its aftermath; of what happens when an unhappy woman goes chasing after something shiny, only to find how quickly it fades."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"By the time she learns love is less about ideal romance than "wiping someone's ass" when they grow old, it's difficult to care about a problem she created for herself."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Rachel Weisz performs a superb star turn here, but I'm still in a deep funk after watching this gloomy drama."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Terence Davies: More poetry of pain"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"[Weisz'] performance that transforms her from actress to movie star."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Davies doesn't provide stylish counterweights to the heavy drama. Any story that starts with a woman writing a suicide note is cheating us of an honest investment in the outcome."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The character is a victim of her own decisions, but Weisz's bruised performance in The Deep Blue Sea yields empathy for being battered by doomed romanticism."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"As rumbling and tremendous a meditation on self and suicide as there's ever been onscreen. Director Terence Davies has now made masterpieces across four decades."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Though "Deep Blue Sea" is a quiet and stately film on the surface, it's powerful and raw underneath."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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