Ondine Reviews

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 1, 2010
It's impossibly romantic; Farrell and real-life partner Bachleda exude a tamped-down longing that intensifies as the movie draws to its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 25, 2010
Some complexities of story will be lost on audiences not tuned to the regional Irish brogue that is the mother tongue of this little fishing community. But Christopher Doyle's dark lush photography plucks the green coast of Cork like a harp.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 25, 2010
Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories - between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 24, 2010
Among the film's pleasures is a disarmingly tender performance from the new, improved Colin Farrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 18, 2010
Silkies aren't the only creatures who can inhabit two worlds. As Annie knows, and as Jordan's film makes clear, stories enable us to step outside the quotidian world and dream, if only for an hour or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2010
Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2010
A lyrical, if slight, breeze of an Irish fable.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
June 18, 2010
Jordan, who also wrote the screenplay, makes some gentle jabs at small-town nosiness and claustrophobia, even as he spins out the shadowy riddles of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 17, 2010
Ondine is so good it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 11, 2010
The characters' needs are so simple they're almost mysterious, and the story traces an elusive line between fond fantasy and harsh reality.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 11, 2010
This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience -- blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 2010
Full of melancholy and blarney...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 2010
Women tend to hide secrets in the original scripts of filmmaker Neil Jordan.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
It sort of falls flat.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 4, 2010
If only the film had stuck with its fairy-tale story. Instead, the final 30 minutes turn into a bloody thriller with a tacked-on happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 3, 2010
In Ondine, a film about a fisherman and a mythical sea creature, Neil Jordan shows his fondness for fantasy worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2010
There is enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 3, 2010
Intoxicatingly beautiful...
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 3, 2010
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?
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 3, 2010
Ondine looks heavy and it ends up feeling a little slight, but between those two extremes there's a beguiling siren song of a movie about the way the unexpected has a way of intruding on even the most fatalistic lives.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 2, 2010
I doubt if it has much commercial appeal, but even with its flaws, it could be fresh and offbeat enough to please discerning art-house audiences who ask for more with their Irish breakfast tea than a water biscuit.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 2, 2010
The intention outweighs the execution, though there are still pleasures to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 1, 2010
Writer/director Neil Jordan gradually builds up the possibility of fairy-tale magic in an identifiably real world, and then systematically knocks it down.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
March 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5