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The Eclipse Reviews

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May 1, 2010
an enjoyable minor-key Irish romance enlivened by excellent performances - including a wonderfully observed turn by Aidan Quinn as an insufferably boorish American typer of best-sellers - but marred by the occasional intrusion of a bad horror movie
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
March 26, 2010
he acting is of the highest caliber, but the characters and their circumstances are underwritten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2010
The high caliber acting is wasted on the bland and dull story. Despite an 88-minute running time, the movie is excruciatingly slow and grows tiresome as nothing much happens. It maintains a melancholy mood with the characters contemplating deep thoughts r
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2010
Unsure of what it wants to be, The Eclipse winds up only being a mishmashed nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 22, 2010
A much duller tale than its Irish literary festival setting would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
February 23, 2011
No, this is not The Eclipse where Monica Vitti and Alain Delon fail to rendezvous on Antonioni's empty street corner.
October 12, 2009
A suffocating, completely unimaginative 90 minute slog that all adds up to: what, exactly? If there are any stakes in this drama, high or low, then I somehow managed to miss them
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 1, 2010
You can't help being haunted by the thought that if McPherson had picked one genre and stuck to it he could have had a serious hit on his hands, as it is, the terrific performances are eclipsed by the unsettled tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 8, 2009
The Eclipse shoots willy-nilly for too many registers of fear, and it never emanates a confident sense of what we are learning about these men and women by watching them panic, shudder, and second-guess themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 31, 2012
When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, the film does manage a strong and creepy sense of foreboding.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 20, 2014
When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, it manages a strong and creepy sense of foreboding. I just wished that would have been the focus from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 26, 2010
McPherson -- while getting some lovely shots of the Irish seaside -- never succeeds in making Michael's literary interests, or Lena's passionate interests, seem quite plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 26, 2010
A screenplay caught between pools of blood and emotional healing, "Eclipse" cannot make up its mind any more than can its ambivalent characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
March 24, 2010
Unlike McPherson's stage work, The Eclipse never finds a common ground between the fantastic and the heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2010
McPherson's good actors remind you how stage plays generate interest solely through talk and, as The Eclipse gets further away from cinema, a bigger mystery develops: Why is McPherson's filmmaking so uncinematic?
March 29, 2010
McPherson isn't really interested in making a horror film; he's merely using the genre's tropes as part of an adult romance about accepting tragedy and moving on. As a result, the energy slacks off in the final third.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 9, 2010
Ultimately, though, it feels fleeting and slight passing across our line of vision, never a full but merely a partial engagement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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