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Ondine Reviews

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
It sort of falls flat.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 3, 2010
Why is the dialogue so muffled and clipped that it's hard to understand? Why didn't Mr. Jordan spend more time grounding his self-enchanted script in some semblance of reality?
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies
March 5, 2010
The director fudges the answer by weaving a sometimes astoundingly clunky fable about the power of hope, miracles and Iceland's most insipid musical export.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 5, 2010
Great-looking-but-actually-a-bit-rubbish Irish drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 1, 2010
Writer/director Neil Jordan gradually builds up the possibility of fairy-tale magic in an identifiably real world, and then systematically knocks it down.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
March 5, 2010
A clunky third-act shift into thriller territory only makes 'Ondine' more confused: ambitious and deeply felt, to be sure, but also winsome and wildly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 30, 2010
Writer/director Neil Jordan proves himself unclear on the concept of magical realism.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 5, 2010
With any Jordan film there are a few moments of poetry, wit and transcendence. But you need a large net to catch them here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 11, 2010
It's a film that leaves me very conflicted in that I wish there were more like it in theory and I love star Colin Farrell's recent career decisions, but a film cannot be judged on intentions and Ondine simply doesn't float.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
March 5, 2010
When revelation of the story's soggy mysteries is finally fished out from the murk it's so underwhelming you'd be tempted to throw it right back into the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 5, 2010
For all the effort expended, Jordan never really entices us into believing the magic. It looks classy, but it just doesn't come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
June 25, 2010
Curiously, Jordan isn't sure what kind of mermaid movie to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 3, 2010
Hard to swallow fish tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
There are some interesting secondary characters, but you didn't get I thought a full enough sense of this world and it's dramatic stakes.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2010
If this movie were a human being, it would be intelligent and sincere but so depressed as to be unable to get out of bed without a forklift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 3, 2010
more a flawed exercise in storytelling than an honest-to-God failure
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 5, 2010
Quite what Neil Jordan thought he was doing is hard to say, beyond hooking Farrell up with a mail-order ingénue and unveiling the least lustrous visuals ever composed by Chris Doyle who very possibly spent the shoot asleep in a puddle of Guinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 8, 2010
A dull tale told against off-putting photography.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
June 10, 2010
Jordan imposes upon his characters bittersweet twists of fate and coincidences of convenience that make the ultimate revelation of the truth of the scenario a dishonest letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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