New York Times - 12/17/2004
"Sensitively portrayed by the great Spanish actor Javier Bardem....Mr. Bardem, acting above the neck, creates a complicated male character, volatile and witty, with a poet's soul."
Los Angeles Times - 12/17/2004
"[O]ne of the most profound and uplifting dramas of the year....A wide-ranging work of tremendous insight, maturity and humanity."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/14/2005
"The classy production, with its aesthetic graces, is especially convincing about the charisma of the man..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 12/01/2004
"[Bardem's] eyes convey the passion for life that draws us his agonizing dilemma."
Rolling Stone - 01/27/2005
"The film quite rightly, is a tour de force for Bardem....He gives a funny, touching and vital performance..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2005
"THE SEA INSIDE puts forward the arguments around voluntary euthanasia with reasoned intelligence....Javier Bardem charms with his sparkling eyes and ready smile..."
Wall Street Journal - 10/18/2012
"[Bardem's] normally rich, robust voice is reduced to a soft but urgent flow of language that can be lilting, rueful, lyrical or ferocious."
Javier Bardem gives a remarkable, unforgettable performance in Alejandro Amenabar's gripping drama about dying with dignity, THE SEA INSIDE. Thirty-five-year-old Bardem plays 55-year-old Ramon Sampedro, a Galician who broke his neck as a young man and has spent more than a quarter of a century as a quadriplegic, confined to bed. Reflecting on his past and considering his future, he chooses to die, petitioning the courts for permission to be euthanized. His radical decision sets off controversy throughout Spain--as well as in his own house, where his family and friends all have different opinions on the fate he has chosen. While Ramon's father (Alberto Gimenez) and brother (Celso Bugallo) refuse to help him die, and his nephew, Javi (Tamar Novas), tries to understand his uncle's decision, Ramon is surrounded by women who virtually fight over him--Rosa (Lola Duenas), a single mother of two who visits him to talk about her difficult life; Manuela (Mabel Rivera), his sister-in-law who takes care of his daily needs; Gene (Clara Segura), who works for the Death with Dignity organization; and Julia (Belen Rueda, in a powerful film debut), a married lawyer with a secret of her own. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, THE SEA INSIDE is a special film with marvelous acting, a strong soundtrack, a moving story, and an enchanting visual style that features poetic shots of the countryside as Ramon dreams he can fly.