Ondine Reviews

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December 14, 2018
One of those films that keeps almost ending, but just as your flattened spirits perk up a bit in anticipation, you realize there's a whole other wearisome sequence to go through before the characters emote their way to the obvious finale.
November 13, 2013
Things start to go awry when we realize that the film's emotional sensitivity doesn't go much deeper than its moody surfaces.
April 4, 2011
December 30, 2010
An Irish selkie tale for adults.
November 21, 2010
Understated in its subversion of, and then canny adherence to, its chosen folklore
September 28, 2010
A fairy tale for adults from Neil Jordan
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
August 26, 2010
He's an Irishman, she's a seal. It'll never work.
August 4, 2010
An imperfect film, but it's the kind of imperfect film with staying power.
July 8, 2010
Ondine works OK when it's trying to be a romantic fantasy. Screenwriter/director Neil Jordan can't leave well enough alone, though. His fable suddenly turns dark and nasty in the final third, when it becomes a thriller.
July 6, 2010
At its most affecting, this uneven quasi-fantasy is about people hungering for myth
July 3, 2010
Hard to swallow fish tale.
July 3, 2010
Ondine is one of those lovely things that dissolves beneath too intent a gaze.
July 2, 2010
Before we're bogged down in melodrama, we float along as if we're passengers on Syracuse's boat, enjoying the superb performances and the slow rocking rhythm rolling out the love story.
July 1, 2010
It's impossibly romantic; Farrell and real-life partner Bachleda exude a tamped-down longing that intensifies as the movie draws to its conclusion.
July 1, 2010
Irish writer-director Neil Jordan will always be best remembered for The Crying Game and its penile plot twist, but there's infinitely more to his filmography than surprise shemales.
June 30, 2010
Fantastical Neil Jordan drama sees Colin Farrell's best performance yet
June 27, 2010
Ondine works best when it stays in the dreamy realm of enchantment...
June 25, 2010
Has such a breezy, playful sense of despair about it... The appeal is very much its delicacy, both as magical realism love story and bleak story of broken people in a run-down community.
June 25, 2010
Curiously, Jordan isn't sure what kind of mermaid movie to make.
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