The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.
| Original Score: B+
It's family entertainment in the best sense of the term.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.
This is all rather low-key and uninsistent, but the settings are gorgeous, and Haskell Wexler's cinematography makes the most of them.
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.
| Original Score: A-
| Original Score: 5/5
Tales within tales, a subtle sense of economic and social realities, fine landscape photography and strong performances make for an engrossing, unusual fantasy.
A beautifully told faerie tale
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Lyrical and lovely.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Unusually sweet Sayles tale.
Magical fable from writer-director John Sayles is a departure -- and a great success.