The Deep Blue Sea
The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 23, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring an outstanding performance by Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea is a visually stunning, melancholy tale of subsumed passion.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona 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.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

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Dana Stevens

[Weisz'] performance that transforms her from actress to movie star.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
The Deep Blue Sea is an intricate, subtle and exquisite looking chamber soap opera, set in post war London of 1950. The spare and brilliant adaptation of one… More
Dan Schultz
A well-made, involving drama concerning a troubled, younger wife (Rachel Weisz) of a wealthy judge (Simon Russell Beale) caught in a sexless marriage, who has… More
Everett Johnson
No, this isn't the Samuel Jackson shark movie. I wish it were, but it's not. Each year I try to watch as many award nominated movies as possible,… More
Reid Volk
In the first few minutes of The Deep Blue Sea, we observe Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) as she gently prepares her fate. First jamming some fabric under the… More
jay nixon
Exceptional performance by Rachel Weisz but the film is heavy going.
Tracy Kenderdine
Heartfelt and sympathetic performances by the two leads make this a cut above your typical star-crossed tale; a more complex and problematic storyline also… More