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Sea of Love

1989
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 53m
Frank Keller is a New York detective investigating a case of a serial killer who finds the victims through the lonely hearts column in newspapers... (imdb)
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Sea of Love

1989
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 53m
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Avg Percentile 50.17% from 715 total ratings

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Rated 20 Nov 2016
83
72nd
A cop story that turns into a romance. In a normal romance the beats of the story would be different, and probably worse, but with the suspense of the investigation and seeds of doubt hanging over everything the romance can be central without ever having to do the heavy lifting, letting the characters be more genuine, and broken, without the film becoming about them. What really makes it work are the two leads, powerful energetic performances, that still manage to not overshadow the film itself.
Rated 25 Apr 2008
49
33rd
I wonder who the mad killer is... hmm, maybe it's the actor who plays a mad killer in EVERYTHING HE'S IN. I really like cop movies, and as a cop movie, this one is okay. If you don't like the titular song, though, stay the hell away.
Rated 02 Mar 2012
65
29th
I enjoyed Sea of Love, but felt the payoff didn't live up to the build-up. If you can look past that though, it's a fun ride.
Rated 21 Feb 2012
60
41st
Samuel L. Jackson in an unforgettable turn as "Black Guy".
Rated 06 Sep 2015
75
60th
The first half stands among the top tier of film noir, but the atrocious second half sinks the whole ship into a sea of mediocrity.
Rated 28 Mar 2010
58
54th
I love how elements of film noir are incorporated into many of these 80's thrillers. A cop who has personal troubles and drinks too much, a blond suspect for a streak of murders he falls for, crazy saxophone solos in the soundtrack, it is all here.
Rated 27 Jun 2019
69
53rd
Damn. Ellen Barkin is just too good. I mean, it's not like Al Pacino and John Goodman don't server as upgrades to this otherwise decent but unexceptional genre piece as well, but they're not stealing the show.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
60
39th
well acted but overdone thriller
Rated 30 Jan 2012
72
48th
71.875
Rated 24 Apr 2018
80
81st
karakterterlerini ve birbirleriyle ilişkilerini kuruşundaki yüzeyselliği tıpkı olaylardaki kadar inandırıcı biçimde kotarıyor. sahnelerin yaratılışındaki ekonomiklik ve oyuncu performansları da eklenince suç hikayesi içerisinde bir standart bir janr karakterini izlemek isteyenlere gayet keyifli bir seyirlik sunuyor. formül filmleri içerisinde en başarılı işlerden birisi.
Rated 25 Aug 2015
60
40th
I like Pacino but this was quite boring.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
75
49th
Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman all give good performances in this film. The script for the most part works and has some twists. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 17 Feb 2020
85
56th
Great little thriller. Somehow this slipped under the radar when released. Don't miss it.
Rated 05 Sep 2021
58
42nd
Pacino's big return to film acting was overrated on release due to his extended absence, and Basic Instinct pretty much made all sexy thrillers of the 80s and 90s redundant. The other problem is that little real tension is generated from the 'what-if?' scenario with Barkin, and the investigation scenes are entirely perfunctory. The film also doesn't kick into gear until she finally appears--her husky voice and trashy sex appeal go a long way--but her chemistry with Pacino makes it.
Rated 16 Dec 2020
42
23rd
About as standard as crime dramas get. Well acted, but terribly mediocre. An extra point for Tom Waits over the ending credits.
Rated 18 Apr 2021
56
51st
Quite watchable. It captures the feel of late '80s NYC quite well (even if all the interiors were filmed in Toronto). More funny than suspenseful.
Rated 29 May 2023
70
73rd
Good mystery movie.
Rated 23 May 2010
40
33rd
Al Pacino is good, but the script is so bad.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
20
15th
Stinker
Rated 14 Apr 2007
60
47th
So many virtues yet so many faults
Rated 27 Feb 2011
42
8th
When all the pigs broke into singing "Sea of Love" in the cafeteria, I was like - ok, I'm out. It was the most painful scene of forced camaraderie since the non-stop laughter scene in "The Wild Bunch".
Rated 17 Sep 2012
78
56th
Rock solid love story/character study masquerading as sex thriller is nearly fatally undermined by the thriller elements, which often feel disappointingly conventional and arbitrary (and are resolved in an unforgivable cheat of a climax). However, when the focus stays on the complicated and burgeoning relationship between Pacino and Barkin, who both create full bodied, believable, original characters, the movie excels with both actors delivering amongst the best works of their careers.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
4
56th
It's difficult for me to be as critical as I probably should be with this - a guilty pleasure that would always come on cable at like 4am when there's nothing on. So sue me, I like Pacino/Goodman.
Rated 16 Dec 2014
60
40th
A movie that credits Samuel L. Jackson as 'Black Guy' deserves a special spot in everyones heart. Sadly, the rest is a bit too formulaic, even for back then. The good initial character development is dumped pretty early on. Most of the time it has the production values of a tv movie, and the weird 'supposed to be'-sex scenes have the appeal of watching two teens awkwardly shuffling about until the girl loses all her clothes and the guy all his sperm (which might actually explain the title). Cut!
Rated 02 Dec 2013
55
50th
Above average police drama. The pacing is great, and unlike many cop films, it never gets boring. Pacino, Goodman and Rooker make this film a lot better than it might have otherwise been.
Rated 21 May 2009
20
44th
The prime point of interest in the movie, the single point that innately separates it from the faceless mob of cop stories, would clearly be the assorted pangs and perils of romance through the Classifieds. And this in truth does generate a few minutes of actual interest, although no time is spent combing through the responding mail, and we only get to meet two respondees before Barkin oozes across the table top.
Rated 30 Apr 2012
65
46th
Divorced, drunken and from a broken home - this movie doesn't care about Pacino's love affair throughout the plot, but rather it shows his fascination and fear of 'woman' in general. Good performances and a nice neo noir vision of New York made this one worth seeing - of course, had that failed, it is also filled with nudity.
Rated 30 Sep 2017
66
37th
Much of Pacino's extra baggage is uninteresting and goes nowhere, but the steamy crime thriller has a lot to offer. Goodman in a deep v-neck, Pacino in some tighty-whities, and Ellen Barkin...this movie spits fire. Unfortunately, seeing a certain actor on screen in the late 80s and early 90s completely gives away the mystery.

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