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The Secret of Roan Inish Reviews

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March 11, 2008
John Sayles' latest marks his entry into family-pic terrain, a crossing that draws pleasant but unexciting results.
May 3, 2013
The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.
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
January 1, 2000
An enchanting story about magic and tradition that is suitable for family viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2004
Lyrical and lovely.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
Magical fable from writer-director John Sayles is a departure -- and a great success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
December 1, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 27, 2003
Unusually sweet Sayles tale.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
August 13, 2002
Sayles, as always, delivers the goods.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
November 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
[Sayles's] plodding manner works somewhat to advantage in The Secret of Roan Inish.
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
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2005
A beautifully told faerie tale
| Original Score: 4/5
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