Ondine

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
  2. 90
    Ondine suggests that coincidence and magic are often the same thing.
  3. 80
    Ondine is Injected with a heavy dose of magic and has a lot going for it: an endearing performance from star Colin Farrell, Christopher Doyle's evocative cinematography and a captivating-if thin-story.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    80
    Ondine plumbs the country's most resonant fairy tale and plays impishly along the borders of postcard fantasies of Ireland.
  5. 75
    Mostly, though, Ondine deftly demonstrates just how far we'll reach for any promise of relief from life's hardships, in whatever form -- magic or plain dumb luck -- it arrives.
  6. 75
    Well, if Jordan believes he's made an excellent film, that's one thing, but the fact is it's a minor, though mostly enjoyable, one.
  7. 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.
  8. 75
    Ondine looks heavy and it ends up feeling a little slight, but between those two extremes there's a beguiling siren song of a movie about the way the unexpected has a way of intruding on even the most fatalistic lives.
  9. The road is rocky when the story speeds up to take care of business, with the end a mad dash to tie up loose ends. Still, there is enough saving grace on these craggy shores to let the mists and the legends roll in and envelop you for a while.
  10. This redemptive tale set against southwest Ireland's moody seascape holds its tangible charms.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    70
    Farrell's work as Syracuse is understated to the point that some may find it unremarkable -- but it's a beautifully confident performance, an irony given that he constructs his portrayal of Syracuse around the concept of humility.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A decidedly specialized affair that will appeal only to certain tastes, but there's plenty to appreciate if you let it seep in.
  13. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    70
    Ciphers aside, Ondine effectively sustains a mood of a hazy melancholy most affecting when nothing much is happening.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 25, 2010
    8
    Neil Jordan is a master in being able to describe the emotional depth of the human psychic. Ondine however managed to captivate me also forNeil Jordan is a master in being able to describe the emotional depth of the human psychic. Ondine however managed to captivate me also for the beautiful cinematography, the mesmerizing score, the surprisingly depth of Colin Farrel's acting and the beautiful interwoven fairytale. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I found this movie a nice surprise. Is romantic and sweet. Is funny and inocent. And the little girl, Annie, stoled the show. She is a very good actress and almost made me cry. Watching Collin in his natural habitat, talking line an irish is priceless. And that girl is very pretty. The mom was a very bad influence, i expected the worst from here and i got it. And always thaught that the stepfather was a pervert, and turned our it was not. At the end a very nice surprise movie. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2011
    7
    Cinematography was outstanding. Soundtrack was Superb. not the most compelling film to watch. somewhat of a awkward watch in places and in myCinematography was outstanding. Soundtrack was Superb. not the most compelling film to watch. somewhat of a awkward watch in places and in my opinion a very unflattering ending Full Review »