Ondine Reviews

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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.
June 25, 2010
Some complexities of story will be lost on audiences not tuned to the regional Irish brogue that is the mother tongue of this little fishing community. But Christopher Doyle's dark lush photography plucks the green coast of Cork like a harp.
June 25, 2010
Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories - between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.
June 24, 2010
Among the film's pleasures is a disarmingly tender performance from the new, improved Colin Farrell.
June 18, 2010
Silkies aren't the only creatures who can inhabit two worlds. As Annie knows, and as Jordan's film makes clear, stories enable us to step outside the quotidian world and dream, if only for an hour or two.
June 18, 2010
Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics.
June 18, 2010
A lyrical, if slight, breeze of an Irish fable.
June 18, 2010
Jordan, who also wrote the screenplay, makes some gentle jabs at small-town nosiness and claustrophobia, even as he spins out the shadowy riddles of the story.
June 11, 2010
The characters' needs are so simple they're almost mysterious, and the story traces an elusive line between fond fantasy and harsh reality.
June 11, 2010
This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience -- blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
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.
June 10, 2010
Full of melancholy and blarney...
June 10, 2010
Women tend to hide secrets in the original scripts of filmmaker Neil Jordan.
June 7, 2010
It sort of falls flat.
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.
June 4, 2010
If only the film had stuck with its fairy-tale story. Instead, the final 30 minutes turn into a bloody thriller with a tacked-on happy ending.
June 3, 2010
In Ondine, a film about a fisherman and a mythical sea creature, Neil Jordan shows his fondness for fantasy worlds.
June 3, 2010
There is enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while.
June 3, 2010
Intoxicatingly beautiful...
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?
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