90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Ondine suggests that coincidence and magic are often the same thing.
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80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Ondine plumbs the country's most resonant fairy tale and plays impishly along the borders of postcard fantasies of Ireland.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Pretty magical.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
This redemptive tale set against southwest Ireland's moody seascape holds its tangible charms.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Neil Jordan's Ondine has a split personality. It starts promisingly as a fantasy but ends disappointingly as a thriller.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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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.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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65 out of 100
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