The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within)
The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004)

Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema -- actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar -- collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story. Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) was a fisherman and… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 14, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Held aloft by a transfixing performance from Javier Bardem as a terminally ill man who chooses to die, The Sea Inside transcends its melodramatic story with tenderness and grace.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bardem's Ramón is such a vital life force, it's all the more bittersweet to watch him fight to leave a world that would be much emptier and sadder without him in it.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Alejandro Amenábar's seamless depiction of Ramón Sampedro's battle for his own sense of integrity arrives in refreshing cinematic terms.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If ever there was a film that deserved to get the proverbial bump from Oscar, this is it. Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately, this is one man's story, told with great empathy, and Amenábar deserves great credit for lifting the film above the soap-opera sentimentality into which it could have easily fallen.

Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Fascinating story too complex for young viewers.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

For whatever reason, it's an injustice that Bardem was not nominated for best actor.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Amenábar shows us the aching depth of Sampedro's loss and makes his most eloquent statement on behalf of a man who only wanted control of his destiny.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a good movie. It's just not a movie for which I can work up much personal enthusiasm.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
For some reason, a cinematic trend exists where there are multiple films based on true stories about people confined to beds or other limiting situations, and… More
Sophie Burgess
A sad but funny story of a man who wants to die. You understand Ramon and want him to be happy. It's uncomfortable to watch him sometimes as he can't… More
Wildaly M
Heart-wrenching to watch.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Mar Adentro is a beautifully shot and scored drama; its intensity matched with simple European charm. Now that I mention drama, Ramón Sampedro's existence… More
Luke Baldock
A very interesting topic is not served well in this overwrought dull drama. I love films that question morality and humanity. However, I don't want a bunch… More
Randy Tippy
Javier Bardem brought tears to my eyes (for all the right reasons). A respectful and dignified eulogy to the late, great Ramón Sampedro.