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The Eclipse Reviews

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David Stratton
The Australian
April 19, 2010
Unfortunately, writer-director Conor McPherson's lame attempts to push the film into the realm of a horror movie reduce its effect considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 15, 2010
Ghosts living and dead haunt "The Eclipse," a lovely romance featuring Ireland's stalwart leading man Ciaran Hinds and Copenhagen-born Iben Hjejle as an uncertain couple.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 15, 2010
A beguiling Irish film that utilises the backdrop of a provincial book festival and flashes of graphic horror to deliver an original take on a middle-aged bereavement story.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 15, 2010
In his quiet house hung with portraits of those who have become ghosts, Michael finally learns to mourn, and we realize that storytelling is how a writer grieves.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 15, 2010
Screenwriter/director Conor McPherson keeps switching directions. And eventually, this zigging and zagging becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
The town and surrounding landscapes make a gorgeous setting -- the Irish tourist board will be happy -- but at its heart The Eclipse is a small, contained ghost story about a haunted man learning to exorcise himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 15, 2010
Worth a look if just for the fact that it's such a rarity in the horror world to see a script that takes its characters and its concepts seriously.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
April 15, 2010
Hinds, who scored the Best Actor award when the film screened at the Tribeca Festival in New York, possesses an unassuming versatility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
April 15, 2010
While McPherson may have an extensive reputation as a playwright, as a filmmaker he's one step up from a total amateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Galvin
April 15, 2010
It's basically a hang-dog middle-aged love story but McPherson directs it like he's doing Pinter - the bland comings and goings of life are freighted with much meaning, but what's missing is a felt sense of existential dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
April 15, 2010
All that needs to be known is that the writing, direction and performances -- especially from the beautifully matched leads Hinds and Hjejle -- are of the highest calibre, and The Eclipse makes the most of every element at its disposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
Hinds has been ready for a role of this size and shape for years; it was simply a matter of finding it, and its finding him.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
The supernatural never seems far out of sight in Ireland, and it creeps in here and there during The Eclipse, a dark romance set at a literary festival in the County Cork cathedral town of Cobh. I'm not sure it's required, but it does little harm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 14, 2010
The film is sparked by unexpected jolts -- none of them as moving as a close-up of Hinds's face haunted by grief, despair, and loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
April 14, 2010
This blend of drama, comedy and horror works surprisingly well, thanks mainly to simply stunning performances by the three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 14, 2010
..a portrait of grief in a setting both light and dark...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 14, 2010
A moodily evocative, quietly unnerving little tale of the pain of loss and the struggle to come to terms with grief.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
April 13, 2010
For the most part, McPherson manages to pull off an unusual mix of sombre character drama and ghostly scares.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 10, 2010
A modest but likeable film, it will reward the patient, with its ethereal vocals-driven score by Fionnuala Ni Chiosain, an interesting multi-skilled artists who often collaborates musically with the film's director, Conor McPherson
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 9, 2010
Rarely has a horror film felt so tender.
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