Opal Dream Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 24, 2006
Slight and sweet unto shameless saccharine.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 19, 2006
Sweet themes are shoddily executed in Opal Dreams, another tale from director Peter Cattaneo about outsiders doggedly holding onto their aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Cornelius
April 20, 2007
What opens as a delightful kid-friendly drama closes as a stumbly, manipulative yawner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 2, 2007
The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 23, 2006
In the Australian outback, in the opal mining community of Coober Pedy, Rex Williamson (Vince Colosimo) hunts maniacally for the perfect stone while his family endures a life of dust and deprivation.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
November 22, 2006
Stories about a sickly girl, her imaginary friends and her indulgent daddy's courtroom saga are probably best left on the page. Witness the queasy, up-with-people tear-jerker Opal Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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
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-
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
July 25, 2012
Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 7, 2007
| Original Score: B
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
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
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
Mark R. Leeper
November 21, 2006
Opal Dreams is a sentimental film, and such a film needs more charm than it evokes in the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 7, 2006
A slightly forced, but ultimately winning children's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
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
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
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Jay Weissberg
June 21, 2011
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Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 28, 2007
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