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  • Summary: The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
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  1. This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This redemptive tale set against southwest Ireland's moody seascape holds its tangible charms.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    60
    Funny, whimsical and as warming as a big bowl of Irish stew.
  7. Why didn't Mr. Jordan spend more time grounding his self-enchanted script in some semblance of reality? Unlike "Splash," this film finally goes plop.

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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. Expand
  2. 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 Collapse
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand

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