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The Eclipse Reviews

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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.
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John Anderson
Variety
July 6, 2010
Quinn, alternately charming and loathsome, is brilliant, as is Hinds, an actor who has elevated everything he's been in.
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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.
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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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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 9, 2010
An above-average ghost tale elevated by its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
There are few surprises hidden in the film's hushed spookiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2010
A smart, scary, spine-tinglingly matter-of-fact ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 29, 2010
An interesting blend of very nicely observed character based drama with some horror movie effects.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 26, 2010
Makes good on its name by sometimes obscuring its themes and even point, which can have its charms though also severe drawbacks.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 26, 2010
McPherson balances these disparate elements with great skill, never resorting to cheap scare tactics in what amounts to a sensitive character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2010
A leisurely and quite lovely drama that honors the conventions of gothic ghost stories without the slightest stain of self-irony.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2010
The Eclipse is about death and sadness, rebirth and possibility. The film is anchored by Hinds' performance -- the actor brings a soulful melancholy to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010
The Eclipse finds plenty of heartfelt gravity in its tale of love lost and found on a gothic coast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 25, 2010
Though The Eclipse travels a sleepy route to a shrug of anticlimax, it's refreshing to see a film acknowledge that life and love don't end at 50, even in the outsized shadow of a soulmate's death.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 24, 2010
The Eclipse is a curious Irish ghost story that fiddles with the recipe just enough to produce interesting results.
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David Fear
Time Out
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