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      The Light Between Oceans

      2016, Drama/Romance, 2h 13m

      236 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      The Light Between Oceans presents a well-acted and handsomely mounted adaptation of its bestselling source material, but ultimately tugs on the heartstrings too often to be effective. Read critic reviews

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      Tom is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel's wish to keep the girl. Fate strikes again when the couple meet the child's biological mother on the mainland. Now, Tom and Isabel must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Thematic Material|Some Sexual Content)

      • Genre: Drama, Romance

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Derek Cianfrance

      • Producer: David Heyman, Jeffrey Clifford

      • Writer: Derek Cianfrance

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $12.5M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Walt Disney

      • Production Co: Heyday Films, Participant Media

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Michael Fassbender
      Alicia Vikander
      Rachel Weisz
      Bryan Brown
      Jack Thompson
      Caren Pistorius
      Thomas Unger
      Jane Menelaus
      Garry McDonald
      Rosie Alison
      Tom Karnowski
      Jonathan King
      Jeff Skoll
      Adam Arkapaw
      Jim Helton
      Ron Patane
      Alexandre Desplat
      Karen Murphy
      Erin Benach

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      • Mar 29, 2017

        The film is at times emotional but for the better half it is a melodramatic painted in too much substance. The first half is terribly riddled with exposition and never captures the characters, this film needed to be longer to really drive home the story beats. They needed more time evenly split between the families and the struggles of the daughter returning home required more attention. The final scene was an emotional buildup that failed to really deliver, it was brilliant but without the remaining movie coming together it just feels a little lacking. There was a great film here, it seemed to have been lost with the lack of supporting characters and over the top direction. I think Terence Malick could've driven this film home, it really lacked a visual fest and atmosphere, you could nearly mistake this for a disney production. Great leads can't save an over baked drama film. 06-06-2017.

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      • Dec 11, 2016

        Like a restaurant that advertises steak but rather serves hamburger.

        kevin w Super Reviewer
      • Dec 10, 2016

        Absolutely beautifully shot. The location for this film is amazing. The same goes for the acting as a couple comes to terms with adopting a child that is not theirs. Superb music too wraps up the complete package. This may be too slow and long winded for most but, for those who stick with it, it's worth it.

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      • Sep 13, 2016

        Cianfrance has become an "expert" in corny melodramas, and this is like a shameless telenovela that suffers even more from the fact that there is no chemistry between the two bland leads and nothing in there to make us feel any sympathy for a couple of baby kidnappers.

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