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By the Sea Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Writer-director-star Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea is awfully pretty and mostly dreadful. It’s pretty dreadful.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    The film doesn't demonstrate belief in much of anything except that audiences must be so desperate for a peek into these stars' private lives that we'll invest energy in their mopey fictional counterparts, who can't even invest in themselves.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The psychodynamics may well be sound, but the problem is that Léa and François, whether in or out of bed, are much more appealing than Roland and Vanessa. The camera is in the wrong room.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    There's no catharsis at the end from the journey taken, just relief that it's over.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    By the Sea always offers something to tickle the eye and ear, even as it leaves the heart and mind coolly unstirred.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Leah Greenblatt

    Jolie Pitt, who also wrote and directed, shows a lot of skin (her own and her cast’s) without ever really getting under it. Misery doesn’t just love good-looking company; it needs an emotional center and a satisfying narrative arc, too.

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