The Eclipse Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 9, 2010
Ultimately, though, it feels fleeting and slight passing across our line of vision, never a full but merely a partial engagement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 9, 2010
The Eclipse examines grief and loss, and it's a fascinating, if not entirely satisfying movie. The experience of seeing it feels more like watching a play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 9, 2010
A quietly intriguing movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 9, 2010
An above-average ghost tale elevated by its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
There are few surprises hidden in the film's hushed spookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 1, 2010
You can't help being haunted by the thought that if McPherson had picked one genre and stuck to it he could have had a serious hit on his hands, as it is, the terrific performances are eclipsed by the unsettled tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2010
A smart, scary, spine-tinglingly matter-of-fact ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2010
McPherson isn't really interested in making a horror film; he's merely using the genre's tropes as part of an adult romance about accepting tragedy and moving on. As a result, the energy slacks off in the final third.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 29, 2010
An interesting blend of very nicely observed character based drama with some horror movie effects.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
March 27, 2010
A literary lass finds more than she bargained for while looking for love on the Emerald Isle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 26, 2010
An unconventionally tender, heartfelt, well-acted and intriguing ghost story that offers both style and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.85/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 26, 2010
Makes good on its name by sometimes obscuring its themes and even point, which can have its charms though also severe drawbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 26, 2010
Although a suspense ghost story, Eclipse relies on character and performance to draw viewers in to a love story with an ending that is satisfyingly unsatisfying.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 26, 2010
I guarantee it will both move you and scare the bejeesus out of you...(Ciaran) Hinds is wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 26, 2010
A screenplay caught between pools of blood and emotional healing, "Eclipse" cannot make up its mind any more than can its ambivalent characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 26, 2010
The story explores the prism of liminality. It is not just the ghosts who are stuck between worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 26, 2010
McPherson balances these disparate elements with great skill, never resorting to cheap scare tactics in what amounts to a sensitive character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 26, 2010
he acting is of the highest caliber, but the characters and their circumstances are underwritten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2010
A leisurely and quite lovely drama that honors the conventions of gothic ghost stories without the slightest stain of self-irony.
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