The Big Blue
The Big Blue (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though this movie features beautiful cinematography, it drags on, being way too overblown and melodramatic.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Such a total disaster that it would have been an act of kindness for all concerned to have never released it.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The subtext is easy to follow; it's the screenplay that's impossible.

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A hypnotically beautiful and metaphysical delight.

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Variety Staff

Besson fatally misjudges the cinematic interest of his theme.

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Steven Rosen
Denver Post

What he and his writers have cooked up defies our patience.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

This simple tale of love, friendship and the sea lingers in the mind long after the final credits.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film's undersea footage has a powerful otherworldly quality, much as if it were unfolding in outer space, as indeed it might be.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Besson is no master storyteller.

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Cole Smithey

One of a kind movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Luc Besson overindulges all over your face in this overlong consideration about what is better, dreams or reality, framed (very nearly incidentally) by the… More
Cameron Johnson
Wow, even some of Luc Besson's French films are English-speaking, so I guess that should tell you just how much he wishes he was American. Actually, maybe… More
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Justin Frazer
For me this film managed to be romantic, warm and loving yet cold and distant at the same time. I suppose this is an achievement iitself and is maybe why it has… More
xGary Xx
Ridiculously overlong but strangely hypnotic sea-bourne drama packed with sumptuous photography.
Nicolas Korovessis
One of a kind.