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The Secret of Roan Inish Reviews

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Josh Larsen
July 18, 2014
...a story about storytelling, and how folk tales and real life can intermingle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 3, 2013
The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide
March 11, 2008
It's family entertainment in the best sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2008
Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 11, 2008
This is all rather low-key and uninsistent, but the settings are gorgeous, and Haskell Wexler's cinematography makes the most of them.
Emanuel Levy
January 31, 2007
One of his most accomplished movies, this is Sayles' corrective fable to a genre thas has favored male protags, exploring another outsider character, a young girl alone in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 3, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tales within tales, a subtle sense of economic and social realities, fine landscape photography and strong performances make for an engrossing, unusual fantasy.
Douglas Pratt
June 10, 2005
A beautifully told faerie tale
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 19, 2005
One of Mr. Sayles's artistic strengths (and commercial liabilities) is his refusal to make movies that knock you over the head with larger-than-life characters and emotions.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 23, 2004
Lyrical and lovely.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 30, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
December 18, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
June 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 27, 2003
Unusually sweet Sayles tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
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