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Splash (1984)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 3

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.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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.



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"I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up--and lo and behold, it's Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry

Mar 16, 1999

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (3) | DVD (22)

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

May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah.

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Line up a row of Howard's films and ask someone to choose. Chances are, their hands will fall to Splash as often as any other

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source:

This charming romantic comedy touched a chord with audiences around the world and propelled its stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, along with director Ron Howard, to Hollywood's front rank.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Fishy fairy tale the wrong hook on relationships.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Director Ron Howard has a good sense of the whimsical, and his film is sweet and unpretentious, though somewhat ribald when one realizes the studio from whence it sprang.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie that really showed Tom Hanks' promise as a deliverer of great comedy and heart-warming pathos.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Hannah does wonders with her thankless job, flitting tiny moments of joy and confusion across her face.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's all been downhill from here for Ron Howard

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

Very dated, but still fun

June 4, 2004

Splash is a light-hearted comedy directed by Ron Howard that sparkles here and there thanks to its fairy tale elements.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Splash is probably the ultimate fish-out-of-water film, primarily because it literally features a fish out of water.

March 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The movie is cute, light, and fluffy, perhaps not the laugh-fest I had remembered but enough to get by.

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

ideal Sunday afternoon entertainment

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's also very funny, thanks largely to Candy in the lecherous fat sidekick role, and a string of set pieces that show Hannah as, quite literally, a fish out of water.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Overlong, but makes a comedic 'splash' anyway.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A sweet good-hearted romance, and the first real sign that both star and director were here to stay.

January 14, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Splash

Decent. Both these actors got better as they years went on. Don't expect tour de force performances here.
October 27, 2012

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.
October 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

Cute and charming love story. Without the wonderful cast and Ron Howard in the director's chair, this could easily have sunk into the abyss of cheesy fantasy rom-coms. But thankfully it doesn't and keeps its head above water. I've never been a big fan of Darryl Hannah, but she's quite lovely here as Madison the mermaid. As for Tom Hanks and John Candy, well, they just give me another good reason as to why they're two of my favourite actors. The scene where they pose as two Swedish scientists, with Candy saying "I have a 14 inch penis" in my home language, is absolutely priceless. So ignore the silly premise and give this film a try. For I dare to say that it's a little better than it seems.
June 6, 2011
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    1. Reporter: Is it true the mermaid is also seeing Burt Reynolds?
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    1. Freddie Bauer: You never seen a guy who slept with a fish before? What are you looking at? Get back to work.
    – Submitted by Sara B (3 years ago)
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