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  • Summary: This inspirational drama illustrates how when you aspire to something extraordinary, you can find the hero within. When Glasgow shipbuilder Frank Redmond is suddenly laid off, he finds himself without a job or a sense of direction. An offhand remark from a friend inspires Frank to challenge himself. Determined to shore up his own self-confidence, he will attempt the near-impossible -- swimming the English Channel. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The kind of drama that British television used to do so well, a well-constructed, smartly observed story of ordinary people learning how to communicate with one another.
  2. Mullan is a great choice as Frank, playing the silent guy with all kinds of baggage perfectly.
  3. 75
    Dellal and their cast consistently hit the right notes, and the result is an uplifting tale that you don't have to be embarrassed to enjoy.
  4. 67
    Against all reason, this workingman's journey across the sea winds up seeming every bit as inspirational as the filmmakers intended, entirely because Mullan's grit validates every cornpone emotion. With a lesser actor, the movie would sink like a stone.
  5. Just as surely as the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, this domestic comedy follows a direct path through every crisis, every resolution and every sentimental heartbeat laid out in the script.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    If you don't mind some contrivance, On a Clear Day is a diverting underdog tale.
  7. Gaby Dellal's cynically mushy film, like "The Full Monty" and its ilk, is best savored only by its target demo: middle-classers who see one imported film a year, the selection in question requiring working-stiff melodrama and leprechaun burrs gently and lovably mangling the English dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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