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The Sea Inside Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A monumentally moving experience, from the powerful acting by Javier Bardem to the evocative music, composed by the director, Alejandro Amenábar.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The classy production, with its aesthetic graces, is especially convincing about the charisma of the man, a performance specialty of the great Bardem.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Has its share of contrivances, some more successful than others, but center stage is occupied by truth, and austere beauty.

  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The result is a film both poetic and profound.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Fascinating story too complex for young viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals frankly with the suicide of Ramón Sampedro, a man who in real life spent 30 years fighting with the Spanish government for his right to die. The film addresses the last leg of Ramón's battle, as he works with an attorney named Julia and an organization called Death With Dignity to ensure his right to kill himself, an act he ultimately accomplishes through the aid of a number of friends and associates. In its treatment of questions of life, death, and suicide, this movie is quite complex and could be confusing and upsetting to younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about the government's role in protecting its citizens and the ethics of suicide and euthanasia. Why do so many people feel that it is Ramón's duty to continue his life? What arguments do these people make? How strong are they? Should the state be able to police suicides? If Ramón were not paralyzed, he could have killed himself unaided. How does his paralysis play into the issues at stake?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Ramón is paralyzed in a swimming accident.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Ramón fights with his brother about his desire to die.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue