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The Deep Blue Sea

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Terence Davies

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Plot Summary

The Deep Blue Sea stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz in a stunning performance that ranks as perhaps the best of her career and one of the strongest of the year, garnering a Golden Globe® nomination and New York Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress. Master chronicler of post-War England Terence Davies directs Weisz as Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former RAF pilot, throws her life into turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 127
  • Fresh: 101
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is Rachel Weisz's movie. She's as luminous as a Pre-Raphaelite portrait, yet she brings to Hester a high-wire, modern tremulousness... – David Edelstein, NPR, Apr 6, 2012

Fresh: This is an extremely deft job of adaptation. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Mar 30, 2012

Fresh: Rachel Weisz - in what has to be the performance of her career, and there have been lots of good ones - plays an intelligent woman in the grip of a lust that's too big to handle or suppress. She can either ride the tiger or be devoured. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 29, 2012

Rotten: Maddeningly oblique and incomplete, despite paying what at times feels like excruciating attention to the minutiae of a dying love affair's final hours. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Mar 30, 2012

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Customer Reviews

It's the fondness for the actors that saves it from being complete torture.

I love Rachel Weisz, and yes, Tom Hiddleston. However, this movie is dreadfully slow and confusing. You could mute it and still understand as much with the volume on.
I compare it to another movie that people just raved about that sucked me in and immediately made me regret it - Melancholia. Overbearing score, confusing dialog, confusing scene set up, etc.
What is the purpose of this movie? Are we to learn a lesson that emotional immaturity and to-hell-with-anyone else really do matter, it's not just something our parents lie to us about?
You have a woman who is married to someone that on an intellectuality level, they're a great match. But intellect doesn't keep your bed warm at night, even with someone in it. Enter the dashing young man who has a passion for living life and fulfills and creates potential for what the woman finds lacking elsewhere, and doesn't stand still observing. Unfortunately the man is stuck emotionally in a time of his life before he was forever mentally altered. The woman is helplessly drawn to such passion and it consumes her, thus destroying her in the process as she herself neither understands nor has the ability to sustain it on her own. The true lesson of this film, from what I was able to glean from it, is learning that you cannot enter into a relationship hoping that you can harness and tame the other participant's life to form it more like your own, or expect them to uphold the entire emotional foundation. A single act of emotional inexperience destroys everything this woman has built her new life on by proving to her lover that he is incapable of giving her exactly what she wants and needs.
Exit a husband who is clearly in love with his wife enough to let her go.
You want to take this woman by the shoulders and either shake her into her senses and slap her if needed. Men are not objects to be played with as if they didn't have emotional needs as well and serve as robots to fulfill our ideals. That made sense with Freddie yelling "I can't always be Romeo!"

I strongly disagree that this is the "role of a lifetime" for Weisz. In all honesty I liked her much more in the "Mummy" franchise. It was a great opportunity to see a broader range from Hiddleston beyond a comic book villain and limited smaller roles, but his career is only beginning to take off and I'm sure we'll see his skills showcased better elsewhere. I feel for Simon Russel Beale because this character is so very limited that it only serves in portraying the faults of someone else that you don't even know who he is!

This is now three "artsy" movies in a year that I wish I didn't pay money to see.


He is such a great actor! Beautifully made and the acting is just beyond marvelous. This is not your typical movie, like you just feel their emotions to really appreciate every scene.

Great movie!

I'm such a big Tom Hiddleston fan and I can't wait until I can buy it! Such a good movie. Very well acted and directed!

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2012

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