The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within)
The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004)

Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema -- actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar -- collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story. Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) was a fisherman and… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 17, 2005
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92%



Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Held aloft by a transfixing performance from Javier Bardem as a terminally ill man who chooses to die, The Sea Inside transcends its melodramatic story with tenderness and grace.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bardem's Ramón is such a vital life force, it's all the more bittersweet to watch him fight to leave a world that would be much emptier and sadder without him in it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a good movie. It's just not a movie for which I can work up much personal enthusiasm.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If ever there was a film that deserved to get the proverbial bump from Oscar, this is it. Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Alejandro Amenábar's seamless depiction of Ramón Sampedro's battle for his own sense of integrity arrives in refreshing cinematic terms.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The performances are heartbreaking, the story both tragic and uplifting - Amenabar has crafted yet another movie that's sure to please many.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

For whatever reason, it's an injustice that Bardem was not nominated for best actor.

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Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Fascinating story too complex for young viewers.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The production itself is so rich in authentic emotional life and breathtaking visuals, word of mouth and positive reviews should carry the (pay) day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
For some reason, a cinematic trend exists where there are multiple films based on true stories about people confined to beds or other limiting situations, and… More
Sophie Burgess
A sad but funny story of a man who wants to die. You understand Ramon and want him to be happy. It's uncomfortable to watch him sometimes as he can't… More
Wildaly M
Heart-wrenching to watch.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Mar Adentro is a beautifully shot and scored drama; its intensity matched with simple European charm. Now that I mention drama, Ramón Sampedro's existence… More
Luke Baldock
A very interesting topic is not served well in this overwrought dull drama. I love films that question morality and humanity. However, I don't want a bunch… More
Randy Tippy
Javier Bardem brought tears to my eyes (for all the right reasons). A respectful and dignified eulogy to the late, great Ramón Sampedro.