Opal Dream
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When the imaginary friends of a young girl living in Australia's Lightning Ridge opal-mining town go missing, the inexplicable illness that befalls her soon prompts her brother to organize a desperate search for his sister's transparent pals in director Peter Cattaneo's adaptation of Ben Rice's popular children's novella. Kellyanne is a young girl with a vivid imagination and two invisible friends named Pobby and Dingan. Though her brother, Ashmol, was never the affectionate type, his concern at seeing his little sister become ill after Pobby and Dingan disappear quickly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greeted with scorn."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see."
‑ Teresa Budasi, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"The film succeeds because of the great lengths to which Ashmol goes to bring her peace of mind."
‑ Manny Lewis, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Catteneo directs the film with a relatively light touch and he manages to avoid too much schmaltz."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Sophisticated cine philes 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."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"What opens as a delightful kid-friendly drama closes as a stumbly, manipulative yawner."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"A family-oriented film that doesn't merely play lip-service to the power of imagination -- it actually demonstrates some of its own."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"While Opal Dream draws liberally on timeworn dramatic staples, it's the earnestness with which cast and crew believe in the material that keeps its dusty heart beating strong."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"Although Opal Dream marks a pleasing departure from the conventions of the British comedy -- it's based on a children's book and set in the Australian outback -- it's disappointingly small in scope."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"There are times when cinematic heart-tugging takes on the character of a frontal assault. Opal Dream is one of them."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Shouldn't act as if parents appeasing their messed-up child is as moving as people actually giving in to the power of belief."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"One of those heartwarming, 'It's fun to pretend!' fables that's fun for the whole family."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
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