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The Eclipse Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

an enjoyable minor-key Irish romance enlivened by excellent performances - including a wonderfully observed turn by Aidan Quinn as an insufferably boorish American typer of best-sellers - but marred by the occasional intrusion of a bad horror movie

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 84/100

May 1, 2010
James Berardinelli
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he acting is of the highest caliber, but the characters and their circumstances are underwritten.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2010
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The high caliber acting is wasted on the bland and dull story. Despite an 88-minute running time, the movie is excruciatingly slow and grows tiresome as nothing much happens. It maintains a melancholy mood with the characters contemplating deep thoughts r

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Unsure of what it wants to be, The Eclipse winds up only being a mishmashed nothing.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

March 23, 2010
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A much duller tale than its Irish literary festival setting would suggest.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 22, 2010
Peter Galvin

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: | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2010
Dan Callahan
House Next Door

No, this is not The Eclipse where Monica Vitti and Alain Delon fail to rendezvous on Antonioni's empty street corner.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

February 23, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A suffocating, completely unimaginative 90 minute slog that all adds up to: what, exactly? If there are any stakes in this drama, high or low, then I somehow managed to miss them

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

October 12, 2009
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 1, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The Eclipse shoots willy-nilly for too many registers of fear, and it never emanates a confident sense of what we are learning about these men and women by watching them panic, shudder, and second-guess themselves.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C-

October 8, 2009
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects

When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, the film does manage a strong and creepy sense of foreboding.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, it manages a strong and creepy sense of foreboding. I just wished that would have been the focus from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2014
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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McPherson -- while getting some lovely shots of the Irish seaside -- never succeeds in making Michael's literary interests, or Lena's passionate interests, seem quite plausible.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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 Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

March 26, 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
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Unlike McPherson's stage work, The Eclipse never finds a common ground between the fantastic and the heartfelt.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

McPherson's good actors remind you how stage plays generate interest solely through talk and, as The Eclipse gets further away from cinema, a bigger mystery develops: Why is McPherson's filmmaking so uncinematic?

Full Review Source: New York Press

March 24, 2010
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

March 29, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately, though, it feels fleeting and slight passing across our line of vision, never a full but merely a partial engagement.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 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
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