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"I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up--and lo and behold, it's Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry land, the mermaid is able to walk about on legs; any contact with salt water, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A romantic comedy that is as salty and bracing as a plunge in the surf."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Line up a row of Howard's films and ask someone to choose. Chances are, their hands will fall to Splash as often as any other"
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Director Ron Howard has a good sense of the whimsical, and his film is sweet and unpretentious, though somewhat ribald when one realizes the studio from whence it sprang."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's all been downhill from here for Ron Howard"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This charming romantic comedy touched a chord with audiences around the world and propelled its stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, along with director Ron Howard, to Hollywood's front rank."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"The movie that really showed Tom Hanks' promise as a deliverer of great comedy and heart-warming pathos."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Very dated, but still fun"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste."
‑ , Time Out
"Its appeal is based almost entirely on regression -- a thematic regression to infancy and a stylistic regression to the most lulling kind of TV blandness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fishy fairy tale the wrong hook on relationships."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Hannah does wonders with her thankless job, flitting tiny moments of joy and confusion across her face."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Splash is a light-hearted comedy directed by Ron Howard that sparkles here and there thanks to its fairy tale elements."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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