Two If by Sea

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Two If by Sea
Two if by sea poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBill Bennett
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Mike Armstrong
  • Denis Leary
  • Ann Lembeck
Produced byJames G. Robinson
CinematographyAndrew Lesnie
Edited byBruce Green
Music by
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$10.7 million[2]

Two If by Sea (also known in the United Kingdom as Stolen Hearts) is a 1996 American romantic comedy film directed by Bill Bennett, and starring Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary. The screenplay, written by Leary and Mike Armstrong, is based on a story by Leary, Armstrong, and Ann Lembeck.


Petty thief Frank O'Brien steals a $4 million masterpiece painting. His cashier girlfriend of seven years, Roz, befriends the potential buyer of the painting, Evan Marsh, on an island. After being captured by FBI Agent O'Malley at the fish factory, she discovers Marsh is actually an art thief.



The film was shot in locales including Chester, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Riverport, Nova Scotia.


Box office[edit]

Two If by Sea opened theatrically on January 12, 1996 in 1,712 venues, earning $4,656,986 in the domestic box office, ranking tenth for its opening weekend.[3] At the end of its run, the film grossed $10,658,278.[2]

The film was Sandra Bullock's worst wide opening up until 2015, when Our Brand Is Crisis released in October, earning $3,238,433 in its first weekend.[4] Two If by Sea is Bullock's ninth-lowest-grossing film in her career.[5][dead link]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 11% based on reviews from 28 critics, with an average rating of 3.79/10.[6]

Variety wrote: "It could have been a recipe for antic fun, but the couple’s quarrelsome nature is grating, the cops are needlessly inept, the boy provides a misplaced element of creaky sentimentality, and the goons debase the hallowed cinema ground of petty crime."[7] Entertainment Weekly gave it a D.[8] [9]

Denis Leary said it was "one of the funniest scripts he had ever read" and blamed director Bill Bennet, saying "he destroyed it", despite the fact that it was Leary who wrote the story.[10]


  1. ^ "STOLEN HEARTS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. February 13, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Two If by Sea (1996)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 12-14, 1996". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. January 15, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Star-Driven Casualties 'Our Brand Is Crisis' & 'Burnt' At The B.O.: What The Hell Happened?". Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sandra Bullock Movie Box Office Results - Ordered by Lifetime Gross". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Two if by Sea (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  7. ^ Klady, Leonard (January 15, 1996). "Two If by Sea". Variety.
  8. ^ "Two if by Sea". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 13, 1996). "FILM REVIEW;A Crook, a Cashier and Their Scam". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies Part II (video). Funny or Die – via YouTube.

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