Eye of the Dolphin
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A young woman learns important lessons about family and communication while making friends with a group of dolphins in this drama. Alyssa (Carly Schroeder) is a troubled teenager who has been feeling at odds with the world since the death of her mother, the only parent she has ever known. Alyssa's grandmother Lucy (Katharine Ross) has been looking after her, but when the girl becomes more than Lucy cares to deal with, she sends Alyssa off to spend some time with her father, Hawk (Adrian Dunbar). Hawk is a marine biologist living in the Bahamas, where he's involved in a major research… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a pleasantly dreamy quality to much of Eye of the Dolphin, and that goes a long way toward enabling audiences to ignore the formulaic plot and enjoy the laid-back charms of this innocuous indie."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"There's real heart to be found in the story but it comes along with borderline saccharine sentimentality, a too facile ending, and clean outcomes that aren't earned."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A beautiful Grand Bahama island setting and majestic sea creatures can't offset an inert script and lackluster acting."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Eye of the Dolphin is much better than most films of this sort, and if it helps a generation of young girls want to grow up to swim with live dolphins rather than groom My Little Ponys, that's certainly not a bad thing at all."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"This indie, a Flipper for tweens, boasts winning roles by Bogie and Bacall, a pair of dolphins. The human actors don't fare as well."
‑ Stephen Humphries, Christian Science Monitor
"For all its good intentions, Eye of the Dolphin is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems in getting its message across."
‑ Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"As Eye of the Dolphin makes some jarringly contrived plot twists, a viewer can imagine writer/director/executive producer Michael Sellers listing his assets and pondering how to combine them for one movie."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Drugs and drinking make waves in family drama."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"A lonely dolphin serves as a mediator in the reconciliation of a father and daughter who don't know how to connect with each other."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If only the wooden acting moved with the fluidity of the underwater footage, the only bright spot in this clunky drama."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"[An] unassuming, but sadly unexciting, family film."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A limp coming-of-age tale set in the Bahamas."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The underwater parts of Eye of the Dolphin are kind of pretty. Unfortunately, the rest of this waterlogged drama is pretty ugly."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"There are too many fishy family crises and too few fishlike mammals in this earnest 'Flipper' update, which soft-pedals its New Age agenda until a climactic speech that promises we can learn from our dolphin pals 'not just intellectually but spiritually.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"For all its good intentions, this film is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems getting its message across."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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