The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)

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Critic Consensus: The Secret of Roan Inish is a gentle fairy tale filled with optimism that's suitable for the whole family.

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In this family film, set in Ireland, ten-year-old Fiona is sent to Donegal to live with her grandparents. On the nearby island of Roan Inish, she spies a wild child. Fiona believes that the child is her long-lost brother, who mysteriously disappeared when his cradle floated out on the tide.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

John Sayles' latest marks his entry into family-pic terrain, a crossing that draws pleasant but unexciting results.

Mar 11, 2008
Variety
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Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.

Mar 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.

Mar 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Tales within tales, a subtle sense of economic and social realities, fine landscape photography and strong performances make for an engrossing, unusual fantasy.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

Mar 19, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5

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If I was a twelve year old girl this film would rock my world. Because I mean dude, SEALS! Also the beautiful cinematography by Haskell Wexler is there to be appreciated by all ages and both sexes.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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A beautiful tale makes you want to believe in Magic.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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a magical film for all ages :)

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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