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.

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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Graham Fuller
Culture Trip

It's rare for a mainstream movie to lavish such time and attention on a woman's yearning for a child and her requited maternal passion - especially one directed by a man.

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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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

The Light Between the Oceans is no masterpiece. It doesn't even make it to "pretty good." For a picture with the word "Light" in its title, this one is awfully murky.

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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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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press

The Light Between Oceans is stunning to see, and the performances are of the highest caliber, but it's all packaged in a story that just doesn't earn its stay, or our tears.

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Phoebe Chen

What I find so jarring about The Light Between Oceans isn't just its unabashed sentimentality, but its utter reducibility.

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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
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
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
Thomas Drufke
Derek Cianfrance, who directed the poignant Blue Valentine and the riveting The Place Beyond the Pines, brought probably the best out of Michael Fassbender and… More