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The Eclipse Reviews

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David Stratton
The Australian

Unfortunately, writer-director Conor McPherson's lame attempts to push the film into the realm of a horror movie reduce its effect considerably.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2010
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Ghosts living and dead haunt "The Eclipse," a lovely romance featuring Ireland's stalwart leading man Ciaran Hinds and Copenhagen-born Iben Hjejle as an uncertain couple.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A-

April 15, 2010
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A beguiling Irish film that utilises the backdrop of a provincial book festival and flashes of graphic horror to deliver an original take on a middle-aged bereavement story.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

April 15, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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In his quiet house hung with portraits of those who have become ghosts, Michael finally learns to mourn, and we realize that storytelling is how a writer grieves.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Screenwriter/director Conor McPherson keeps switching directions. And eventually, this zigging and zagging becomes tiresome.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The town and surrounding landscapes make a gorgeous setting -- the Irish tourist board will be happy -- but at its heart The Eclipse is a small, contained ghost story about a haunted man learning to exorcise himself.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

Worth a look if just for the fact that it's such a rarity in the horror world to see a script that takes its characters and its concepts seriously.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

April 15, 2010
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Hinds, who scored the Best Actor award when the film screened at the Tribeca Festival in New York, possesses an unassuming versatility.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 15, 2010
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

While McPherson may have an extensive reputation as a playwright, as a filmmaker he's one step up from a total amateur.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 15, 2010
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au

It's basically a hang-dog middle-aged love story but McPherson directs it like he's doing Pinter - the bland comings and goings of life are freighted with much meaning, but what's missing is a felt sense of existential dread.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2010
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)

All that needs to be known is that the writing, direction and performances -- especially from the beautifully matched leads Hinds and Hjejle -- are of the highest calibre, and The Eclipse makes the most of every element at its disposal.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 4/4

April 15, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Hinds has been ready for a role of this size and shape for years; it was simply a matter of finding it, and its finding him.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 15, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The supernatural never seems far out of sight in Ireland, and it creeps in here and there during The Eclipse, a dark romance set at a literary festival in the County Cork cathedral town of Cobh. I'm not sure it's required, but it does little harm.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The film is sparked by unexpected jolts -- none of them as moving as a close-up of Hinds's face haunted by grief, despair, and loneliness.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2010
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

This blend of drama, comedy and horror works surprisingly well, thanks mainly to simply stunning performances by the three leads.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

..a portrait of grief in a setting both light and dark...

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 14, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A moodily evocative, quietly unnerving little tale of the pain of loss and the struggle to come to terms with grief.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

April 14, 2010
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

For the most part, McPherson manages to pull off an unusual mix of sombre character drama and ghostly scares.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 13, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A modest but likeable film, it will reward the patient, with its ethereal vocals-driven score by Fionnuala Ni Chiosain, an interesting multi-skilled artists who often collaborates musically with the film's director, Conor McPherson

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 10, 2010
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Rarely has a horror film felt so tender.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

April 9, 2010
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