The Secret of Roan Inish - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret of Roan Inish Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
March 11, 2008
John Sayles' latest marks his entry into family-pic terrain, a crossing that draws pleasant but unexciting results.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is the exhilarating account of the way Fiona rediscovers her family's history and reclaims their island.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
An enchanting story about magic and tradition that is suitable for family viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 23, 2004
Lyrical and lovely.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Magical fable from writer-director John Sayles is a departure -- and a great success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Not a bad film, but the story is a little slow and unambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 27, 2003
Unusually sweet Sayles tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
Sayles, as always, delivers the goods.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A lovely and lyrical drama about the spiritual longing for home and the deep meanings that can be conveyed by family stories.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Sayles's] plodding manner works somewhat to advantage in The Secret of Roan Inish.
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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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Douglas Pratt
June 10, 2005
A beautifully told faerie tale
| Original Score: 4/5
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