The Deep End of the Ocean
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

In the middle of a crowded hotel lobby Beth Cappadora looks away for a moment-and in that moment lives every parent's nightmare when her three-year-old son Ben disappears. THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN portrays the joyful and wrenching… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 12, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Well-acted but pedestrian TV-like melodrama what what consitutes a family, or sociology versus biology in the kinship debate.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Sometimes in tragedies healing can only take place when love means letting go.

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Steve Rhodes
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If Pfeiffer doesn't fill your tear ducts at some point in the film, see your doctor and have them checked.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Grosbard...forgets the need for character motivation, point of view, or anything else that might make this compelling subject an interesting film.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Kudos to Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

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Carlo Cavagna

Seems just to skim over the story... without ever delving into its depths.

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Dustin Putman

A respectable family drama, but is all the more disappointing since it is obvious that it could have been so much more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Moving story about a family who's son disappears but thye find him years later. Brilliant performance by Michelle.
Bradley Wright
This is truly a sad film, but it has its problems. Michelle Pfeiffer played an incredible performance however.
Steve B.
TV movie fare. Not bad, but nothing more than average.
Erin Collins
Heartbreaking. I couldn't imagine what this would be like. Great movie.
Leigh Ryan
Michelle did a great job in this.
Sunil Jawahir
I liked the book but this is a little too dramatic.