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The Eclipse Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
The Eclipse is wholly, if strangely, cinematic; its dream-like tonal and narrative unpredictability, interspersed with a few completely jarring horror-film moments, make for an experience that will, yes, haunt audiences for a long time to come.
Emanuel Levy
July 18, 2011
Quiet, subtle and tocuhing, this drama of a widower is extremely well acted by Hinds and Aidan Quinn
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
The whole thing would probably have flown apart if not for Hinds, whose character, like a dark star imploding, pulls everything toward him.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 15, 2010
The story is thin, but it has a kind of easy Irish charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dominic Corry
December 1, 2010
A solid and occasionally genuinely freaky little effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2010
The way McPherson handles the relationships in the movie is remarkable, in that he doesn't fall prey to a playwright's natural tendency to try put everything into the text.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Dustin Putman
July 13, 2010
Blends romance, drama and supernatural horror into a truly original, thoroughly unforgettable concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Like any ghost tale worth telling, The Eclipse will leave you strangely haunted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
July 6, 2010
Quinn, alternately charming and loathsome, is brilliant, as is Hinds, an actor who has elevated everything he's been in.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 31, 2010
Being haunted by one's past really means something from director Conor McPherson
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 11, 2010
McPherson brews a strangely appealing composite, a movie that is mostly character-driven romance but that seasons the proceedings with timely scare-your-pants-off moments of horror.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 7, 2010
No, this is a wonderfully nuanced tale of love and loss set in a picturesque Irish coastal town during its annual literary festival.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 30, 2010
For the most part, this love triangle plays out with great warmth and delicacy.While Quinn seems to be having a ball playing against type as the boozy Nicholas, Hinds and Hjelje create fully-rounded, sympathetic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 23, 2010
The haunted quality of Eclipse is a holdover from McPherson's plays, as is the abundance of dark, piercing wit.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 21, 2010
The cinematography captures the Irish countryside beautifully, making for an appropriate backdrop to an intriguing and unpredictable tale.
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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
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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
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