Opal Dream Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
July 25, 2012

Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
April 20, 2007

What opens as a delightful kid-friendly drama closes as a stumbly, manipulative yawner.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 17, 2007

There are times when cinematic heart-tugging takes on the character of a frontal assault. Opal Dream is one of them.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 16, 2007

Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greeted with scorn.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Manny Lewis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 16, 2007

The film succeeds because of the great lengths to which Ashmol goes to bring her peace of mind.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 1, 2007

Although Opal Dream marks a pleasing departure from the conventions of the British comedy -- it's based on a children's book and set in the Australian outback -- it's disappointingly small in scope.

Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 22, 2007

A family-oriented film that doesn't merely play lip-service to the power of imagination -- it actually demonstrates some of its own.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 19, 2007

With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 18, 2007

Sophisticated cine philes aren't likely to go ga-ga over this one, but Opal Dream is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
January 18, 2007

Shouldn't act as if parents appeasing their messed-up child is as moving as people actually giving in to the power of belief.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007

Catteneo directs the film with a relatively light touch and he manages to avoid too much schmaltz.

Full Review | Original Score: B

Boxoffice Magazine
December 30, 2006

While Opal Dream draws liberally on timeworn dramatic staples, it's the earnestness with which cast and crew believe in the material that keeps its dusty heart beating strong.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
December 26, 2006

One of those heartwarming, 'It's fun to pretend!' fables that's fun for the whole family.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2006

The main attraction of Opal Dream is its warm portrait of a family.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
December 8, 2006

It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 8, 2006

A rather sweet tale about each family member struggling to accept the others on their own terms...provides the sort of heartening, Capraesque movie moment of which we'd all like to believe our lives are capable.

| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 7, 2006

A slightly forced, but ultimately winning children's story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006

Opal Dream is saved by the charming and believable performances of the leading players.

Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
November 27, 2006

The filmmaking is flat, straight, and thoroughly lacking in poetry, and the script tells instead of showing.

Full Review | Original Score: C
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