(2009)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
91
This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
90
Movieline
Ondine suggests that coincidence and magic are often the same thing.
80
Boxoffice Magazine
Ondine is Injected with a heavy dose of magic and has a lot going for it: an endearing performance from star Colin Farrell, Christopher Doyle's evocative cinematography and a captivating-if thin-story.
80
NPR
Ondine plumbs the country's most resonant fairy tale and plays impishly along the borders of postcard fantasies of Ireland.
75
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.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pretty magical.
70
The road is rocky when the story speeds up to take care of business, with the end a mad dash to tie up loose ends. Still, there is enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while.
60
Empire
Funny, whimsical and as warming as a big bowl of Irish stew.
50
Neil Jordan's Ondine has a split personality. It starts promisingly as a fantasy but ends disappointingly as a thriller.
40
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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