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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. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Ondine plumbs the country's most resonant fairy tale and plays impishly along the borders of postcard fantasies of Ireland.
  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: Mary Pols
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Ciphers aside, Ondine effectively sustains a mood of a hazy melancholy most affecting when nothing much is happening.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    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
    Neil 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
    Cinematography 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
    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