Splash (1984)

This story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the mermaid surfaces in search of her long-lost love. The girl manages to win his heart, but trouble ensues when a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

It's a rambunctious comedy, coming from director Ron Howard who, with his previous, wacky Night Shift, unarguably shows that beneath that Opie Taylor/Richie Cunningham persona, there's a wild and crazy spirit.

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Time Out

Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste.

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Rob Vaux

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

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A romantic comedy that is as salty and bracing as a plunge in the surf.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy.

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John Ferguson
Radio 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.

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Variety Staff

Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Fishy fairy tale the wrong hook on relationships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Decent. Both these actors got better as they years went on. Don't expect tour de force performances here.
Mike S
Cute and charming love story. Without the wonderful cast and Ron Howard in the director's chair, this could easily have sunk into the abyss of cheesy… More
Kevin M. Williams
Popular fantasy by the Brian Grazer and Ron Howard team is a crowd pleaser due to the writing efforts of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and the charm of its… More
Aj V
A funny romantic comedy with two good actors, but the whole mermaid thing was kinda crazy, I'm not sure this movie was a good idea, but it's pretty… More
Jim Careter
Boring and stupid, but a good hearted romance.
Dan Schultz
A fun, well-acted movie concerning a man who falls in love with a mermaid. Very funny, especially when Eugene Levy pops up. Haven't seen it for a while,… More