Slight and sweet unto shameless saccharine.
Sweet themes are shoddily executed in Opal Dreams, another tale from director Peter Cattaneo about outsiders doggedly holding onto their aspirations.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
What opens as a delightful kid-friendly drama closes as a stumbly, manipulative yawner.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Shouldn't act as if parents appeasing their messed-up child is as moving as people actually giving in to the power of belief.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.
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
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.
The filmmaking is flat, straight, and thoroughly lacking in poetry, and the script tells instead of showing.
| Original Score: C
There are times when cinematic heart-tugging takes on the character of a frontal assault. Opal Dream is one of them.
| Original Score: C-
Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: B
Catteneo directs the film with a relatively light touch and he manages to avoid too much schmaltz.
| Original Score: B
The main attraction of Opal Dream is its warm portrait of a family.
| Original Score: 3/4
One of those heartwarming, 'It's fun to pretend!' fables that's fun for the whole family.
Opal Dreams is a sentimental film, and such a film needs more charm than it evokes in the United States.
| Original Score: 6/10
A slightly forced, but ultimately winning children's story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A family-oriented film that doesn't merely play lip-service to the power of imagination -- it actually demonstrates some of its own.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film succeeds because of the great lengths to which Ashmol goes to bring her peace of mind.
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.