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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best So Far
The latest DVD dramatization of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels starring Tom Selleck has everything: Action, drama, mystery, humor, romance and pathos. For me, it is the best of the series thus far.

Sea Change challenges mystery and thriller lovers alike but will also delight those viewers who love wonderful, three-dimensional characterizations and...
Published on December 16, 2007 by E. Hornaday

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scotts review
This movie is one of the jesse stone series and with every movie it just get's better the caractor of jesse stone has really got good and tom selleck has really developed him really good. The movie it's self was ok I still think that the first one stone cold and the third one death in paradise were better. Bu don't get me wrong the movie was pretty good for what they were...
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best So Far, December 16, 2007
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E. Hornaday (Lawrenceville, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
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The latest DVD dramatization of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels starring Tom Selleck has everything: Action, drama, mystery, humor, romance and pathos. For me, it is the best of the series thus far.

Sea Change challenges mystery and thriller lovers alike but will also delight those viewers who love wonderful, three-dimensional characterizations and first-class film making.

Frankly, each of these made-for-TV productions of the Jesse Stone books have had the look and feel of a movie.

Selleck is perfect as the brilliant Police Chief of a small town in New England, aptly named 'Paradise' in Massachusetts, who fled the big city which had brought him great professional success along with stress and a failed marriage.

He's wounded and lonely, and struggles with alchoholism. Much like Sherlock Holmes who sometimes took cocaine when he didn't have a case to challenge his sharp mental faculities, Stone has to have something 'important' to investigate or his addiction will consume him.

Abruptly desolate in the very quiet town, Stone decides to open a cold case and, in so doing, is able to set his glass down -- at least for a while. The case he selected is a 20-year-old bank robbery and murder.

The ensuing twists and turns of the investigation, and Stone's unorthodox but endearing style, is entertaining, intriguing and memorable.

Selleck is ably assisted by a very talented cast that includes the gifted Kathy Baker who plays Dispatcher/Officer Rose Gammon, the great Kohl Sudduth as Officer Luthor 'Suitcase' Simpson who awakes from a coma with 'special talents,' and Joe the Dog who plays Reggie.

Lets hope the remainder of the Jesse Stone novels get the same wonderful treatment and come to TV and DVD soon!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Change Is Great TV, January 19, 2008
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This is Tom Selleck's fourth outing as Robert Parker's Jesse Stone. In this made for TV movie, small-town sheriff Stone struggles to solve a rape case, opens a cold case and fights his alcoholism. Rarely does an actor play a character as well as Selleck plays Jesse Stone. The movie is excellent quality -- great cinematography and music, wonderful direction and performances. Get all the Stone telemovies: Sea Change, Jesse Stone - Night Passage, Jesse Stone - Death In Paradise, and my favorite of all (the first of these movies), Stone Cold. Seldom do we get network television of this quality today. Highly, highly recommended.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Selleck Scores Again, in Latest 'Stone' Film!, March 7, 2008
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"Jesse Stone: Sea Change", the fourth TV adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novels of the alcoholic police chief of a tiny coastal town, again offers a terrific little character study/mystery, benefiting enormously from Tom Selleck's grizzled charm and integrity in the lead.

Things are slow in Paradise, and with Stone's ex asking him to quit calling (as she is "seeing someone"), he finds himself sliding back to the bottle, alarming his friends and the City Council. Deciding to reopen an unsolved murder case from a dozen years earlier, to pass the time, his experience as an ex-L.A. cop soon offers clues that the case was mismanaged, and was far more than a simple bank hostage shooting. Then a father drags his pretty daughter in, claiming she had been raped by a contestant in the upcoming regatta, a charge that Stone is suspicious of, as the girl's behavior indicates a far different scenario. The two cases form the crux of a very interesting few days in Stone's life!

As always, the story is character-driven, with 'regulars' William Devane, Stephen McHattie, Kohl Sudduth, Vito Rezza, and Viola Davis joined by the always enjoyable Kathy Baker, assuming Davis' police job as she has a baby. With Saul Rubinek reprising his role as the money-laundering banker who hired Stone to be chief, the world-weary cop must also deal with a 'bad girl' (Sean Young, who STILL looks hot in a bikini), a 'good girl' with a secret (Rebecca Pidgeon), a crusty ex-bank guard (James Gammon), and an arrogant mobster (William Sadler), and his 'hitman' (James Rogers). And we mustn't forget Joe the Dog as Reggie, mute but reproving witness of Stone's nightly alcoholic 'fix'.

For audiences weaned on action-oriented 'Shoot-'em-Ups', the story may seem slow, but if you prefer your stories deeper than bullet counts, with well-etched characters, and Selleck's undeniable charm, the latest "Stone" film will be 100 minutes, well-spent!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Change: Delightfully salty, January 30, 2008
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Robert B Parker has a hit character on his hands. "Sea Change" is an old time detective story with Tom Selleck returning to his role as Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise Cove.

What does an ex Los Angeles cop do as a bored Chief of police?

If he's not drinking or issuing parking tickets, he's going through the files of the sloppy ex chief who passed away from corruption in the first installment of the series. This time, he drags out a 15 year old bank robbery that appears to be a simple case. With usual Paradise Cove proficiency, the files are incomplete and the excavated grave yields just enough evidence to pique his interest.

The pieces are scanty. Blood stained clothing. A sharp shooter security guard who claims he did not miss the robber. A confession from a crooked bank manager who is 'fond of you (Jesse Stone)'. Jesse finds himself attracted to a young lady seemingly caring for her mother with honest money. All the pieces fall into place and the solution slams a romance into the ground.

The laid back, soft drinking Jesse deals with the money launderer, the bank robbers, and a perverted racer in town for the anual regatta.

This is a detective show with class. Selleck portrays the self torturing Stone with high regard for the books the film is based on. Not just another Magnum, Stone is a small town Philip Marlowe lying in wait for a diversion worthy of his time.

Stay away from American Idol. Stay away from Survivor. Stay away from the Family Channel. Hook onto Jesse Stone. Look for this latest installment from Sony Pictures ([...] Check out his website for news on a NEW book due out February 8!

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Tim Lasiuta
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Stone" Series is Terrific!, March 29, 2008
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We really like this series and hope it keeps coming as long as it can stay this good. I've enjoyed Selleck's work for twenty years, and this is one of his best characters/performances. The regulars in the series (Kohl Sudduth, Viola Davis) provide great context for him, as do semi-regulars William Devane and Saul Rubinek. Best of all is his primary co-star, Joe the Dog as Reggie. (AND NOTHING BETTER HAPPEN TO REGGIE, EVER!) All of the Jesse Stone telefilms have been great, and Sea Change is no exception. Loved the turns by James Gammon as a bank guard and Sean Young (still lookin' good!) as a film noir-type gal. Great locations and cinematography, intelligent script and good acting. Refreshing to see there are still teams making films who know how to deliver all that. Thanks, Tom; keep 'em coming!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selleck is great, February 29, 2008
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Selleck has some things going against him to play Jesse Stone. Stone is a ex-shortstop, Selleck is way too big. Stone is in his late 30s and Selleck is much older. However, Selleck nails the character. Selleck plays a character who has no hope, but almost can't himself trying to do his duty and help people. Selleck nails the charm and despair Jesse has in the books just right. The rest of the acting is strong. The plot varies quite a bit from the book, but that is fine. The plot works. His psychiatrist tells him to find something important to do so Jesse decides to solve a cold case in his files. As soon as he gets started on the case, a questionable rape case is introduced. The mysteries plod along on their own path. Jesse slowly turns over the clues very skillfully using his LAPD experience and his knowledge of people. The scenery in New England is great.

In summary, these movies are just well done. They work even though there are no car chases or automatic weapons or nudity. The characters and the town are interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Tom Selleck, April 5, 2008
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"Sea Change" is one of four stories by Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone. Tom Selleck is perfect for the part of Jesse Stone. He is hired as Chief of Police in the town of Paradise as soneone the city council can lead around by the nose. However, he proves himself to be not only an honest cop but is also superb at his job. He is relentless when he goes after the "bad guys". "Sea Change" no exception. The story is riveting and at times keeps you on the edge of your seat. Paradise is Jesse's last chance as his problem with alcohol caused him to be fired from his promising career as a detective in Las Angeles. His struggles in "Sea Change" continue even to the point where he could lose his life if he gets to lost in the booze. Robert B. Parker wrote dozens on stories about Jesse Stone and Tom Selleck has said in interviews that he would like to do them all. Fans, including me, would like to see him do them all. When you watch one episode you are hungry for anoter. I hope that "Sea Change" isn't the last of the series filmed. Tom Selleck has a part on a regular TV series and is surely busy but I hope he can take time to do another Jesse Stone soon. "Sea Change" answered many questions but opened up new ones and Jesse Stone is still suffering with his alcohol problem. I highly recommend "Sea Change" as well as the three preceeding stories; "Night Passage", "Cold Stone", and "Death in Paradise". If you don't watch these movies you are really missing some fantastic stories and terrific acting. I think you will agree that Tom is at his best as Jesse Stone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jesse stone: a refreshing change, March 24, 2008
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sea change, 4th in the jesse stone series, is as good as the previous
movies. tom selleck makes it a pleasure to watch.
i've read robert b. parkers book version, and i like the movie version
better. you should read the book, after you've watched the video and see
what i mean. 5 stars. i hope there's more in the series, if he writes
more jesse stone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Change, March 23, 2008
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This is the fourth DVD in the series of stories based on the Robert Parker books featuring Jesse Stone. The entire series of DVDs are very well done and are true to the storyline and feel of the books. I would recommend these DVDs to anyone who enjoys good crime drama and good character studies. Stone is a tortured soul and a good cop and you immediately become immersed in his story. This is good stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV At Its Best, August 27, 2010
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This is the Fourth movie in the Jesse Stone series. It continues the same great entertainment viewers have come to expect. If you have never seen this series of specials, don't think of them as "sequels". Think of them as stand-alone chapters in an on-going storyline. Unlike movie sequels, the entertainment value does not deteriorate with each new chapter. TV hasn't been this good in a long time. Don't ever stop making these!
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