The Eclipse Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: 84/100
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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
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
May 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 23, 2010
Unsure of what it wants to be, The Eclipse winds up only being a mishmashed nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2010
A much duller tale than its Irish literary festival setting would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
February 23, 2011
No, this is not The Eclipse where Monica Vitti and Alain Delon fail to rendezvous on Antonioni's empty street corner.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
July 31, 2012
When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, the film does manage a strong and creepy sense of foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
April 15, 2010
While McPherson may have an extensive reputation as a playwright, as a filmmaker he's one step up from a total amateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 24, 2010
Unlike McPherson's stage work, The Eclipse never finds a common ground between the fantastic and the heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
March 24, 2010
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?
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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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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 15, 2010
Screenwriter/director Conor McPherson keeps switching directions. And eventually, this zigging and zagging becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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