'Ondine' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   95 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Women tend to hide secrets in the original scripts of filmmaker Neil Jordan.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    In Ondine, a film about a fisherman and a mythical sea creature, Neil Jordan shows his fondness for fantasy worlds.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    You'll need a soft spot for this kind of whimsy, and mine sadly is like reinforced concrete.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Silkies aren't the only creatures who can inhabit two worlds. As Annie knows, and as Jordan's film makes clear, stories enable us to step outside the quotidian world and dream, if only for an hour or two.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Among the film's pleasures is a disarmingly tender performance from the new, improved Colin Farrell.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Writer/director Neil Jordan gradually builds up the possibility of fairy-tale magic in an identifiably real world, and then systematically knocks it down.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Why is the dialogue so muffled and clipped that it's hard to understand? Why didn't Mr. Jordan spend more time grounding his self-enchanted script in some semblance of reality?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The characters' needs are so simple they're almost mysterious, and the story traces an elusive line between fond fantasy and harsh reality.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Full of melancholy and blarney...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Ondine is so good it hurts.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    I doubt if it has much commercial appeal, but even with its flaws, it could be fresh and offbeat enough to please discerning art-house audiences who ask for more with their Irish breakfast tea than a water biscuit.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    If only the film had stuck with its fairy-tale story. Instead, the final 30 minutes turn into a bloody thriller with a tacked-on happy ending.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    Some complexities of story will be lost on audiences not tuned to the regional Irish brogue that is the mother tongue of this little fishing community. But Christopher Doyle's dark lush photography plucks the green coast of Cork like a harp.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A lyrical, if slight, breeze of an Irish fable.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Intoxicatingly beautiful...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    There is enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Digital Spy
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    80
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    67
    An Irish selkie tale for adults.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    75
    Understated in its subversion of, and then canny adherence to, its chosen folklore
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marty Mapes Movie Habit
    88
    A fairy tale for adults from Neil Jordan
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses
    50
    full review at Movies for the Masses
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Wisconsin State Journal
    75
    He's an Irishman, she's a seal. It'll never work.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    90
    An imperfect film, but it's the kind of imperfect film with staying power.
    Full Review » 4 years ago