88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film's sweetness derives primarily from the relationship between Ashmol and his unusual sister, and draws much of its richness from the unfamiliar and fascinating world of opal prospecting.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

And despite Kellyanne, at times, coming off as more annoying than sympathetic, the film succeeds because of the great lengths to which Ashmol goes to bring her peace of mind.
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70

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Charming enough.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
An exceptional family film, arriving just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Directed with sensitivity by "The Full Monty's" Peter Cattaneo, it is the antithesis of the standard synthetic Hollywood family movie, which is all too often weighed down by ludicrously exaggerated special effects and stunts and glazed over by gross humor.
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63

Chicago Tribune

Sophisticated cinephiles aren't likely to go ga-ga over this one, but Opal Dream is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Though there are no Montys, full or otherwise, the finale will lift you up.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

A fanciful wisp of a film that feels slight at times. It's based on the slender novella "Pobby and Dingan," by Ben Rice, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Yet it winds up making some keen observations on the power of imagination.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.
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56 out of 100
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