The Secret of Roan Inish Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
July 18, 2014
...a story about storytelling, and how folk tales and real life can intermingle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 3, 2013
The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 11, 2008
It's family entertainment in the best sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 11, 2008
John Sayles' latest marks his entry into family-pic terrain, a crossing that draws pleasant but unexciting results.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2008
Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 11, 2008
This is all rather low-key and uninsistent, but the settings are gorgeous, and Haskell Wexler's cinematography makes the most of them.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 31, 2007
One of his most accomplished movies, this is Sayles' corrective fable to a genre thas has favored male protags, exploring another outsider character, a young girl alone in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tales within tales, a subtle sense of economic and social realities, fine landscape photography and strong performances make for an engrossing, unusual fantasy.
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
June 10, 2005
A beautifully told faerie tale
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 19, 2005
One of Mr. Sayles's artistic strengths (and commercial liabilities) is his refusal to make movies that knock you over the head with larger-than-life characters and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 23, 2004
Lyrical and lovely.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 27, 2003
Unusually sweet Sayles tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Magical fable from writer-director John Sayles is a departure -- and a great success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A lovely and lyrical drama about the spiritual longing for home and the deep meanings that can be conveyed by family stories.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
Sayles, as always, delivers the goods.
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 6, 2002
As menacing and wondrous as films get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Sayles demonstrates again his amazing breadth of interest and the extent to which he can't be pigeonholed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A bauble, perhaps, but smartly mounted and sweetly offered -- a Disney flick with brains.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Though its protagonist is a 10-year-old girl, it is a crackling good tale with a sense of wonder and mystery strong enough to captivate any age group.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Sayles's] plodding manner works somewhat to advantage in The Secret of Roan Inish.
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