The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans (2016)

DreamWorks Pictures' "The Light Between Oceans" is a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized. Starring Academy Award (R) and Golden Globe… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 2, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Light Between Oceans presents a well-acted and handsomely mounted adaptation of its bestselling source material, but ultimately tugs on the heartstrings too often to be effective.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

While I thought The Light Between Oceans could have been a better movie, I'm glad that I saw it for two reasons . . . Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. There's nothing wrong with a chick flick, when the chicks shine that bright.

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James Berardinelli

Contrivances and melodrama aside, it is emotionally true and that's often the most important thing for a film of this nature.

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Jason Di Rosso
The Final Cut

...If this sounds like your cup of milky tea, The Light Between Oceans should satisfy, but not dazzle.

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Tom Shone

I suspect a doomed romance of another sort has unfurled: Acclaimed indie director falls for slush bucket best-seller and thinks he can "redeem" it with great cinematography and Oscar-winning actors.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie ends up seeming like an inchoate hybrid of melodrama and psychodrama-between the oceans, indeed.

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Renuka Vyavahare
The Times of India

Watch it for the actors and the gorgeous sea-coast imagery.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Stand back from this fable and examine it for logic, and you see how nonsensical it is.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

The movie errs most with its main plot, which requires the characters to behave with utmost stupidity, sacrificing its hard-earned storytelling for a frustrating payoff.

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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

It's a challenge to emerge from this immersive tale without being forever affected.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Like a restaurant that advertises steak but rather serves hamburger.
Nate Zoebl
A melodrama through and through, The Light Between Oceans is at its core a pretty-looking movie about pretty-looking people being sad. The premise almost seems… More
Carlos Magalhães
Cianfrance has become an "expert" in corny melodramas, and this is like a shameless telenovela that suffers even more from the fact that there is no… More
Brendan Nicholls
The film is at times emotional but for the better half it is a melodramatic painted in too much substance. The first half is terribly riddled with exposition… More
Mark Hobin
The Light Between Oceans deals with tragedy and 'what if' scenarios in a fascinating way that will have you weighing in on the "right thing to… More
Jeff Boam
A beautifully acted but woefully staged melodrama, bestseller adaptation The Light Between the Oceans tugs on the heart so frequently that it qualifies as a… More