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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Reeves discovers an allegory for the ebb and flow of life in these uncertain times.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 4, 2005
There's just a little too much prettiness and plot to compete with all the eccentric behavior of the background population.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 3, 2005
... the plot takes some unlikely turns along familiar romantic rough waters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2005
I think maybe this movie was harvested before its time because, just like an oyster, it blows its juice too soon and then it's pretty much worthless after that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 29, 2005
Anna Reeves' debut feature film, set in a breathtaking stretch of the Hawkesbury River, jumps from idea to idea like a kangaroo, but it's a charmer all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 18, 2005
A remarkably assured debut for writer/director Anna Reeves, whose characters have enough grit to turn an oyster into a pearl... The best Australian film of the year.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2005
Fails to overcome its hokey script and cliched characterizations.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 29, 2005
Reeves' debut feature follows a meandering but scenic course, much like the serpentine Hawkesbury River that serves as its beautiful locale.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 29, 2005
If only you could shuck away the humdrum shell of a story about a guy who steals money and hides out among the local river workers, you might have an interesting documentary about shellfish.
| Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 29, 2005
While her cast is talented, Reeves doesn't concentrate long enough on any plotline or character to build viewer interest.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
July 28, 2005
This darkly humorous, sometimes even raunchy film mostly eludes a typical cutesy, feel-good formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Kuipers
July 28, 2005
A well-observed study of outsiders distinguished by precise performances from a well-cast ensemble.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 28, 2005
As an uplifting, enriching series of tableaux of village life in a remote part of the world that few of us will ever experience firsthand, it is never overplayed, but rather beautifully executed by director and cast alike.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 27, 2005
Love blooms when we least expect it to and we must be ready for it with open hearts and a willingness to step into the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2005
Something of an afterthought, but it's a lovely excursion while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
July 26, 2005
Writer-director Anna Reeves seems to expect an audience already proficient in marine biology and never clarifies any of the indecipherable mollusk jargon. Aw, shucks.
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Dallas Morning News
October 8, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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