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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If this movie were a human being, it would be intelligent and sincere but so depressed as to be unable to get out of bed without a forklift. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Why didn't Mr. Jordan spend more time grounding his self-enchanted script in some semblance of reality? Unlike "Splash," this film finally goes plop. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Pretty magical. show more

  • 40
    New York Daily News

    Jordan's screenplay aims for a romanticism that the beautiful but stiff Bachleda is unable to fulfill. And the ending, which injects the film's dreamy sensibility with an ugly note of realism, crashes over everything like a frigid wave. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    This redemptive tale set against southwest Ireland's moody seascape holds its tangible charms. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Ondine plumbs the country's most resonant fairy tale and plays impishly along the borders of postcard fantasies of Ireland. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Ondine suggests that coincidence and magic are often the same thing. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Mostly, though, Ondine deftly demonstrates just how far we'll reach for any promise of relief from life's hardships, in whatever form -- magic or plain dumb luck -- it arrives. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories -- between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Neil Jordan's Ondine has a split personality. It starts promisingly as a fantasy but ends disappointingly as a thriller. show more

  • June 07, 2013 Joseph Finocchi
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    Excellent move

  • June 26, 2010 jimni44
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    This film is BORING. I realise he is Irish, but Colin Farrell's Irish brogue was so exaggerated I could hardy understand a word he said. I should have left about midway through the film like the guy sitting close to me did. I hung in there hoping the film would get better but it never did. A total waste of time and money.

  • June 06, 2010 laronens
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    A story thet goes nowhere. A questionable sound quality - at times, the muffled speech is very difficult to understand Although the ambiance triggers high expectations, the script is a total fraud. The the story evolves painfully slow and boring. I wish I would have spent my time reading the Yellow Pages, it would have been much more exciting. I did enjoy Pete's coffee, served at the counter at the Landmark theatre in West Los Angeles.

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