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Opal Dream Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Slight and sweet unto shameless saccharine.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 24, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Sweet themes are shoddily executed in Opal Dreams, another tale from director Peter Cattaneo about outsiders doggedly holding onto their aspirations.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 19, 2006
David Cornelius

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 20, 2007
Matt Pais

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 1, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

November 23, 2006
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 22, 2006
Noel Murray
AV Club
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The filmmaking is flat, straight, and thoroughly lacking in poetry, and the script tells instead of showing.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 27, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

February 17, 2007
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2012
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: B

April 7, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 11, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2006
Mark R. Leeper

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

November 21, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2006
Peter Sobczynski

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2007
Manny Lewis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

February 16, 2007
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2007
Jay Weissberg
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Boston Phoenix
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 28, 2007
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