The Deep End of the Ocean
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The Deep End of the Ocean
Beth Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer), a photographer, is married to Pat (Treat Williams), a restaurateur, and they would seem to have a perfect life in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1988, they have three small children that Beth takes along to her high school reunion in Chicago. While checking in at a crowded hotel lobby, her middle child, three-year-old Ben, disappears. Despite a frantic search and much media coverage, the boy is not found, and Beth soon falls apart. Nine years later, the family has only barely recovered when they move to Chicago so Pat can open a restaurant with his father. A few… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Well-acted but pedestrian TV-like melodrama what what consitutes a family, or sociology versus biology in the kinship debate."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Sometimes in tragedies healing can only take place when love means letting go."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A respectable family drama, but is all the more disappointing since it is obvious that it could have been so much more."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"If Pfeiffer doesn't fill your tear ducts at some point in the film, see your doctor and have them checked."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Kudos to Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel may find enough echoes of the book to justify the price of admission. But others can see this sort of thinly crafted melodrama in TV movies every week."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"a flawed but often effective family drama that turns on the deepest fear of every parent or guardian: that one dumb move, a single moment of neglect that can turn the rest of your life inside out."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Michelle Pfeiffer turns in an impassioned performance of often gut-wrenching intensity in a film that deserves far less."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Seems just to skim over the story... without ever delving into its depths."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
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