The Eclipse
The Eclipse (2010)

Michael Farr is a widower living in a misty Irish seaside town who is struggling to adjust to his new role as the sole caretaker of his two children. Still reeling from the death of his wife, he has been plagued by terrifying apparitions.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An intriguingly unusual ghost story, Conor McPherson's Eclipse blends supernatural suspense with romance to create a satisfying, character-driven whole.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The whole thing would probably have flown apart if not for Hinds, whose character, like a dark star imploding, pulls everything toward him.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

In his quiet house hung with portraits of those who have become ghosts, Michael finally learns to mourn, and we realize that storytelling is how a writer grieves.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, it manages a strong and creepy sense of foreboding. I just wished that would have been the focus from beginning to end.

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John Anderson

Quinn, alternately charming and loathsome, is brilliant, as is Hinds, an actor who has elevated everything he's been in.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The town and surrounding landscapes make a gorgeous setting -- the Irish tourist board will be happy -- but at its heart The Eclipse is a small, contained ghost story about a haunted man learning to exorcise himself.

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

The Eclipse is wholly, if strangely, cinematic; its dream-like tonal and narrative unpredictability, interspersed with a few completely jarring horror-film moments, make for an experience that will, yes, haunt audiences for a long time to come.

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Jonathan F. Richards

McPherson brews a strangely appealing composite, a movie that is mostly character-driven romance but that seasons the proceedings with timely scare-your-pants-off moments of horror.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Hinds has been ready for a role of this size and shape for years; it was simply a matter of finding it, and its finding him.

Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects

When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, the film does manage a strong and creepy sense of foreboding.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
It's a funny thing when you watch something on the screen that seems entirely plausible and yet you don't believe it for a second. This is the rot… More
Drew Smith
Far be it for me to turn my nose up at a horror movie, but The Eclipse is host to the most distracting attempts to jolt its audience that I've ever seen.… More
Tim Salmons
A surprisingly effective dramatic ghost story. It has some genuinely creepy moments and some good jump moments along with real dramatic tension. It's also… More
Lewis C.
"Then she knew. She knew that she was seeing a ghost, and she realized for perhaps the first time in her life, that she too would die. That her husband… More
Cast: Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn, Dorothy Cotter, Eanna Hardwicke, Hannah Lynch, Jim Norton, Hilary O'Shaughnessy Director: Conor McPherson… More
Walter M.
Normally, Michael Farr(Ciaran Hinds) is a widowed woodworking teacher with two children. For one week every year in Cobh, Ireland, he helps out with the local… More