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Opal Dream Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
July 25, 2012
Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 7, 2007
| Original Score: B
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 16, 2007
Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greeted with scorn.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Manny Lewis
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 16, 2007
The film succeeds because of the great lengths to which Ashmol goes to bring her peace of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 22, 2007
A family-oriented film that doesn't merely play lip-service to the power of imagination -- it actually demonstrates some of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2007
With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2007
Sophisticated cine philes aren't likely to go ga-ga over this one, but Opal Dream is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Catteneo directs the film with a relatively light touch and he manages to avoid too much schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Boxoffice Magazine
December 30, 2006
While Opal Dream draws liberally on timeworn dramatic staples, it's the earnestness with which cast and crew believe in the material that keeps its dusty heart beating strong.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
December 26, 2006
One of those heartwarming, 'It's fun to pretend!' fables that's fun for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2006
The main attraction of Opal Dream is its warm portrait of a family.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2006
It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 8, 2006
A rather sweet tale about each family member struggling to accept the others on their own terms...provides the sort of heartening, Capraesque movie moment of which we'd all like to believe our lives are capable.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 7, 2006
A slightly forced, but ultimately winning children's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
Opal Dream is saved by the charming and believable performances of the leading players.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 22, 2006
The film's sweetness derives primarily from the relationship between Ashmol and his unusual sister, and draws much of its richness from the unfamiliar and fascinating world of opal prospecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 22, 2006
You won't find male strippers in Opal Dream, by director Peter Cattaneo, who gave us the sleeper hit The Full Monty nearly a decade ago. This time, Cattaneo delivers a heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 22, 2006
The finale will lift you up.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2006
Opal Dream is an exceptional family film, arriving just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 21, 2006
A fable, and as such carrying few surprises, Opal Dream features solid acting and likable characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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