Ocean of Pearls - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ocean of Pearls Reviews

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 10, 2010
Overly earnest but engaging.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 8, 2010
A provocative, well-acted and moderately heartfelt drama that suffers from lack of bite and boldness while resorting to oversimplifications, facileness and contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
May 7, 2010
Ocean, smoothly directed by Sarab S. Neelam, mostly comes down on the side of tradition and, like Amrit, is dutiful and virtuous. And, like him, it's also a bit too well mannered to make a strong impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2010
Ocean of Pearls is, underneath the gross sentimentality, racist and shameless, and it might be dangerous if it weren't so forgettable and on-the-nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2009
That Neelam was a medical doctor before becoming a filmmaker gives his picture its exceptional impact and complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly
December 17, 2009
Rest assured that all is resolved with a minimum of muss, fuss and imagination.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2009
It sounds heavy-handed, and it is. Although the film looks professional, it feels like a soap opera with a message. High marks for good intentions, but that's about all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 7, 2009
The acting here is surprisingly even and Neelam rarely betrays himself as a newbie behind the camera. For a local indie film, this Ocean is smooth indeed.
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