Ondine (2010)

A man makes a startling discovery that may or may not be magical in this drama from writer and director Neil Jordan. Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is a fisherman who lives in a small town on the Southern coast of Ireland. Syracuse is an… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Flawed but charming, Ondine reaffirms writer-director Neil Jordan's gift for myth, magic, and wonder.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's impossibly romantic; Farrell and real-life partner Bachleda exude a tamped-down longing that intensifies as the movie draws to its conclusion.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Among the film's pleasures is a disarmingly tender performance from the new, improved Colin Farrell.

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Andrew Chan
Film Comment Magazine

Things start to go awry when we realize that the film's emotional sensitivity doesn't go much deeper than its moody surfaces.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Some complexities of story will be lost on audiences not tuned to the regional Irish brogue that is the mother tongue of this little fishing community. But Christopher Doyle's dark lush photography plucks the green coast of Cork like a harp.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Silkies aren't the only creatures who can inhabit two worlds. As Annie knows, and as Jordan's film makes clear, stories enable us to step outside the quotidian world and dream, if only for an hour or two.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

An Irish selkie tale for adults.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories - between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Understated in its subversion of, and then canny adherence to, its chosen folklore

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Though flawed in a few aspects, this decent little film is well balanced between melancholy and poetic, and it tells more about the viewer than the characters,… More
Conner Rainwater
Niel Jordan's take on the fairytale genre is completely the opposite of what you'd expect. Mainly because it doesn't mind being one for the most… More
Michael S
Colin Farrell plays Syracuse, a fisherman who unknowingly nets Ondine, an ethereal beauty who to his surprise is alive... and to his dismay remains completely… More
Jennifer Xu
Ondine's story is a little tiny wisp of a narrative strand, but it's so beautiful and magical I almost can't stand it.
Dean McKenna
I respond well to movies with honesty and heart, and <i>Ondine</i> has plenty of both. Set in an Irish fishing town, you can also feel the love and… More
Cynthia S.
Apparently Colin Farrell has a better pick of movies when they come from his country. This one included. This is a beautifully done film - half fairy tale, half… More