Splash (1984)

Splash (1984)




Critic Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

Movie Info

This story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the mermaid surfaces in search of her long-lost love. The girl manages to win his heart, but trouble ensues when a government lab captures her for research purposes.

Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Jay Friedman, Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, Brian Grazer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Touchstone Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Splash

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

A romantic comedy that is as salty and bracing as a plunge in the surf.

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah.

Full Review… | May 21, 2008
Top Critic

Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Its appeal is based almost entirely on regression -- a thematic regression to infancy and a stylistic regression to the most lulling kind of TV blandness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Splash

Decent. Both these actors got better as they years went on. Don't expect tour de force performances here.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Popular fantasy by the Brian Grazer and Ron Howard team is a crowd pleaser due to the writing efforts of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and the charm of its leads, Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Boring and stupid, but a good hearted romance.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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