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Eye of the Dolphin Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 5, 2015
Blandly acted, idiotically written, and incomprehensibly directed, "Eye of the Dolphin" is quite possibly one of the most incompetently made films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
A beautiful Grand Bahama island setting and majestic sea creatures can't offset an inert script and lackluster acting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Drugs and drinking make waves in family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 27, 2007
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.
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
For all its good intentions, Eye of the Dolphin is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems in getting its message across.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
[An] unassuming, but sadly unexciting, family film.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 24, 2007
The underwater parts of Eye of the Dolphin are kind of pretty. Unfortunately, the rest of this waterlogged drama is pretty ugly.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 24, 2007
Eye of the Dolphin is much better than most films of this sort, and if it helps a generation of young girls want to grow up to swim with live dolphins rather than groom My Little Ponys, that's certainly not a bad thing at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 24, 2007
A lonely dolphin serves as a mediator in the reconciliation of a father and daughter who don't know how to connect with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 24, 2007
There are too many fishy family crises and too few fishlike mammals in this earnest 'Flipper' update, which soft-pedals its New Age agenda until a climactic speech that promises we can learn from our dolphin pals 'not just intellectually but spiritually.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Humphries
Christian Science Monitor
August 23, 2007
This indie, a Flipper for tweens, boasts winning roles by Bogie and Bacall, a pair of dolphins. The human actors don't fare as well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 23, 2007
If only the wooden acting moved with the fluidity of the underwater footage, the only bright spot in this clunky drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2007
A limp coming-of-age tale set in the Bahamas.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 23, 2007
For all its good intentions, this film is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems getting its message across.
Full Review| Original Score: B-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 20, 2007
Carly Schroeder is strong and the film's genuineness compensates for the 'after school special'-style script and production values, making it a pleasant, even uplifting film.
| Original Score: 73/100
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