Opal Dream
Opal Dream (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Earnest performances and Peter Cattaneo's sympathetic direction gives heart to the simple, timeworn script.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greeted with scorn.

Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-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.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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.

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David Cornelius

What opens as a delightful kid-friendly drama closes as a stumbly, manipulative yawner.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

There are times when cinematic heart-tugging takes on the character of a frontal assault. Opal Dream is one of them.

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