Ondine Synopsis
An Irish fisherman finds a woman in his nets and thinks he has caught a mermaid.
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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...
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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 --...
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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...
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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...
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once upon a time

By viceroy
A magical fairy tale, very similar in concept to the old Whistle Down The Wind. Haunting music. Great acting. Tells the story of a supposed Selkie(?) or sea nymph (Ondine) caught in a fisherman's...

I could watch Colin Farrel with the sound off . . .

By Calylily
however, and unfortunately, there nothing that could have saved this movie. This was a tough movie to watch . . .the script was flat, the direction was flat . . .Colin did an ok job with what he...

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By FlickChickstoo
Delightful Charming Funny intelligent Cinema...

great story and acting

By davidintc
full of suspense, original story, great kid actor, unlike all these kid actors that are awful. why did this only get a so so average? trust ME, go see it. check back for my other reviews!...

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By cookiedoughead
Wow! Awesome love relationships cinematography...

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language, some violence and sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Dreamy drama mixes intense themes with some iffy content.
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