Eye of the Dolphin

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A young woman learns important lessons about family and communication while making friends with a group of dolphins in this drama. Alyssa (Carly Schroeder) is a troubled teenager who has been feeling at odds with the world since the death of her mother, the only parent she has ever known. Alyssa's grandmother Lucy (Katharine Ross) has been looking after her, but when the girl becomes more than Lucy cares to deal with, she sends Alyssa off to spend some time with her father, Hawk (Adrian Dunbar). Hawk is a marine biologist living in the Bahamas, where he's involved in a major research project involving dolphins, and he has neither the time nor the inclination to bond with his long-lost daughter. Alyssa is no more happy to see Hawk than he is to see her, and Hawk is on edge as his funding for the project is about to be pulled. But Alyssa finds a supportive friend in Tamika (Christine Adams), Hawk's girlfriend, and as Alyssa learns to enjoy life along the idyllic Bahamian coast, she develops a strong connection with the dolphins, which not only helps her father with his work but brings her closer to her long lost dad. Eye of the Dolphin also features Jane Lynch, George Harris and Christopher Harrod.

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Critic Reviews for Eye of the Dolphin

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  • There's a pleasantly dreamy quality to much of Eye of the Dolphin, and that goes a long way toward enabling audiences to ignore the formulaic plot and enjoy the laid-back charms of this innocuous indie.

    August 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • For all its good intentions, Eye of the Dolphin is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems in getting its message across.

    August 24, 2007
  • [An] unassuming, but sadly unexciting, family film.

    August 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • There's real heart to be found in the story but it comes along with borderline saccharine sentimentality, a too facile ending, and clean outcomes that aren't earned.

    August 24, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As Eye of the Dolphin makes some jarringly contrived plot twists, a viewer can imagine writer/director/executive producer Michael Sellers listing his assets and pondering how to combine them for one movie.

    August 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A limp coming-of-age tale set in the Bahamas.

    August 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Eye of the Dolphin

  • Oct 23, 2007
    A harmless parade of seaside cliches.
    William G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2007
    Acting is not very good, but it was okay. I was bored in the beginning but it eventually caught my attention and I finished it. I like the story...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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