Ondine

Ondine

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Ondine Reviews

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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It sort of falls flat.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

June 7, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Why is the dialogue so muffled and clipped that it's hard to understand? Why didn't Mr. Jordan spend more time grounding his self-enchanted script in some semblance of reality?

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 3, 2010
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies

The director fudges the answer by weaving a sometimes astoundingly clunky fable about the power of hope, miracles and Iceland's most insipid musical export.

March 5, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Great-looking-but-actually-a-bit-rubbish Irish drama.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 1/5

March 5, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Writer/director Neil Jordan gradually builds up the possibility of fairy-tale magic in an identifiably real world, and then systematically knocks it down.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 1, 2010
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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A clunky third-act shift into thriller territory only makes 'Ondine' more confused: ambitious and deeply felt, to be sure, but also winsome and wildly uneven.

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

March 5, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Writer/director Neil Jordan proves himself unclear on the concept of magical realism.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

May 30, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

With any Jordan film there are a few moments of poetry, wit and transcendence. But you need a large net to catch them here.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2010
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 11, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

It's a film that leaves me very conflicted in that I wish there were more like it in theory and I love star Colin Farrell's recent career decisions, but a film cannot be judged on intentions and Ondine simply doesn't float.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

June 11, 2010
Anthony Quinn
Independent

When revelation of the story's soggy mysteries is finally fished out from the murk it's so underwhelming you'd be tempted to throw it right back into the water.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2010
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

For all the effort expended, Jordan never really entices us into believing the magic. It looks classy, but it just doesn't come off.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2010
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com

Curiously, Jordan isn't sure what kind of mermaid movie to make.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 25, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hard to swallow fish tale.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

July 3, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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There are some interesting secondary characters, but you didn't get I thought a full enough sense of this world and it's dramatic stakes.

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June 7, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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If this movie were a human being, it would be intelligent and sincere but so depressed as to be unable to get out of bed without a forklift.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2010
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

more a flawed exercise in storytelling than an honest-to-God failure

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 3, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Quite what Neil Jordan thought he was doing is hard to say, beyond hooking Farrell up with a mail-order ingénue and unveiling the least lustrous visuals ever composed by Chris Doyle who very possibly spent the shoot asleep in a puddle of Guinness.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

March 5, 2010
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A dull tale told against off-putting photography.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

April 8, 2010
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Jordan imposes upon his characters bittersweet twists of fate and coincidences of convenience that make the ultimate revelation of the truth of the scenario a dishonest letdown.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2010

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