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By The Sea Reviews

December 31, 2015
It's a fascinating experiment, and proof that Jolie truly has directorial chops and an extraordinary eye for imagery.
December 13, 2015
This is like an old-fashioned piece of erotica, Jolie Pitt bravely appearing pretty extensively nude, or a sex comedy, except there are no jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 12, 2015
As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2015
By the Sea, Angelina Jolie Pitt's latest feature as director, is a strangely torpid and paradoxical affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 10, 2015
If only By the Sea were hilariously bad, I could recommend it for star power alone. But this is a film stuck in the doldrums.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 10, 2015
Many predicted this would be The Pitts. The interesting thing? It's not. Or not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2015
Angelina and Brad do have that longed-for commodity: chemistry, though it bubbles away to nothing at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 10, 2015
This slyly witty, epically stylised movie is a study of misery: gorgeous, sun-dazzled misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2015
Not much happens but the cinematographer Christian Berger gives the emptiness a monumentality that demands the big screen, with the postcard vistas, glamorous costumes and retro props compensating for the lack of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2015
The actors aren't unhinged enough for the scathing conceit, and the script is more of a mechanism than a revelation.
November 20, 2015
The point to all this seems to be life is cruel and people are jerks, but sometimes very good-looking jerks. Deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 19, 2015
Pitt invests the vague, cranky relationship with his usual intelligence and restraint, but the movie is destined to rank with such celebrity-couple fiascos as Gigli (2003) and Shanghai Surprise (1986).
November 19, 2015
It's very, very slow, with probably only 20 minutes in a two-plus-hour movie in which something could be said to be happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 19, 2015
It's like a fashion magazine put out a video to help you sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
November 19, 2015
So boring it defies description. By the Sea is not only a dog; it's a dog that's got fleas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 13, 2015
Jolie might have a good film in her yet, should she be able to relinquish the unnecessary yearning to be taken seriously that's weighed everything she's made so far down.
November 13, 2015
For me the film's deeper intent is illustrating the ebb and flow of marriage and the need to not just accept that reality, but to embrace it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2015
The Pitts, it must be said, suffer gorgeously. But Jolie-Pitt's attempt to emulate European art cinema is a slow, sodden, stupefyingly dull take on a 1970s marriage gone bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 13, 2015
Such a borderline unendurable exercise in vapid self-indulgence that it almost feels like an exceptionally straight-faced parody of empty-headed star vehicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 13, 2015
By the Sea [is] a strange, dream-like undertaking and ravishing to look at. What it all means is tougher to work out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 13, 2015
Until more A-listers start directing psychodramas featuring ample French dialogue, By the Sea is a welcome, if half-successful, tide change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2015
There's little real drama here. Just one shot after another of Jolie lying on a chaise longue, stretching out a pale leg, elegantly arching one foot and thinking hard about the emptiness of existence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2015
What the Pitts failed to realize during production, is that there is more to those beloved European art-house films than pretty scenery and stylish wardrobes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
November 13, 2015
Roland and Vanessa's distress, vapid and insufficiently motivated to start with, is further imperiled by the director's heavy-handed screenwriting.
November 12, 2015
A knowing or at least a ticklishly amusing demonstration of celebrity and its relay of gazes from one of the most looked-at women in the world. Take, watch, she seems to say, this is my body.
November 12, 2015
As a writer, Jolie Pitt is better at ideas than dialogue, much of which is leaden here. But the characters' behaviors feel true ...
November 12, 2015
"By the Sea" may simply exist as a movie for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to watch. It's two hours of vacation, voyeurism, and celebrity marriage therapy, and you and I aren't actually invited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2015
What is wrong with these dreary people?
November 12, 2015
By the Sea is awfully pretty and mostly dreadful.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 12, 2015
The scenario is too pretty for pathos to sink in.
November 12, 2015
Jolie Pitt, directing herself for the first time, is as brave as ever, even when making a movie filled with opaque, Euro-style artiness.
November 12, 2015
"By the Sea" is dazzlingly gorgeous, as are its stars. But peeling back layer upon layer of exquisite ennui reveals nothing but emptiness, sprinkled with stilted sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 12, 2015
"By the Sea" has its moments. Moments of beauty, and moments of what feels like genuine introspection. Moments of stupid, innocent charm. Moments of love, and moments of perfume commercial. Quite a number of those, actually.
November 12, 2015
Once we know what the couple's big mystery is, "By the Sea" doesn't make sense and begins to seem the one thing it hasn't all along - silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2015
While lack of communication is a real issue faced in many long-term relationships (although Jolie insists the movie isn't based on her own marriage), it doesn't make for compelling filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 12, 2015
A marital drama filled with long, immaculately shot pauses and often tin-eared dialogue, it's perplexing and wildly imperfect. But there's something here that's quite powerful if you get on its wavelength.
November 11, 2015
"Jesus," Jolie groans, "have I become that dull?" Yes, in fact, and with her name all over the credits, there's no one else to blame.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 11, 2015
Misery doesn't just love good-looking company; it needs an emotional center and a satisfying narrative arc, too.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2015
Angelina Jolie is determined to film herself looking as glamorous and bored as possible. If there's a narrative treasure in her drama, it's buried deep in the Maltese sand.
November 11, 2015
Too languid and artfully accessorized to work as intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2015
Jolie Pitt's insistence on creating a piece that reflects the harsh inner state of a person struggling to understand herself as a wife and as a woman in the world is commendable, and demonstrates her growth as a filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 6, 2015
By the Sea's uncompromising nature is its most admirable asset. It's a vanity project that's difficult to love, but alluring to unpack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2015
An unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue.
November 6, 2015
This languid piece of would-be art cinema will prove once again that even the biggest names in the world won't draw an audience to something that, in and of itself, has no reason for being.
November 5, 2015
Plays like an unconscious parody of Last Year at Marienbad, L'avventura and any number of other 1960s European dramas about beautiful people having existential crises on yachts and in villas.