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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
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  1. KellieAnnZ.
    Apr 15, 2007
    10
    I loved this movie, it is one of my favorites. It's a very touching story that you will want to watch over and over again.
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 23, 2007
    7
    "Kellyanne(Sapphire Boyce) and Francie(from Patrick McCabe's novel "The Butcher Boy") sitting in a tree..." Those two crazy kids would understand each other. Although Kelllyanne's psychotic break is cuter than his, the little blonde-haired, blue-eyed pixie will make you squirm as she participates in playtime with thin air. Intentional or not, "Opal Dreams" can be scary; "Kellyanne(Sapphire Boyce) and Francie(from Patrick McCabe's novel "The Butcher Boy") sitting in a tree..." Those two crazy kids would understand each other. Although Kelllyanne's psychotic break is cuter than his, the little blonde-haired, blue-eyed pixie will make you squirm as she participates in playtime with thin air. Intentional or not, "Opal Dreams" can be scary; Kellyanne's tenacious single-mindedness for the make-believe has the power to disturb. She's seriously f****d-up. Let's blame the parents. "Opal Dreams" could easily be construed as a backlash against the counterculture of the late-sixties. Look at her older brother, for instance, he's the one who should probably have the imaginary friends named Pobby and Dingan; the poor kid is named Ashmol(derived from "ashram"), which suggests that his parents were hippies and smoked a lot of pot on a commune. Kellyanne's imaginary friends have no religious affiliation; they're pacifists, an ideal perhaps hatched up by a little girl exposed to too many John Lennon records("Imagine no religion/it's easy if you try...), and pot. That's not to say "Opal Dreams" is a bad film. To me, it's the story of two former-flower children who are paying the price for their free-love, free-your-mind heyday. Expand
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56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    60
    A fanciful wisp of a film that feels slight at times. It's based on the slender novella "Pobby and Dingan," by Ben Rice, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Yet it winds up making some keen observations on the power of imagination.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    50
    From the first frames, when lollypops are offered to the camera, there's no escaping the saccharine miasma of whimsy enveloping Peter Cattaneo's Opal Dream.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    40
    Rush screaming from anything that announces itself as "a movie for children and grown-ups of all ages." Slight and shamelessly saccharine, Opal Dream is devoted to the proposition that it takes an Australian-outback village to validate the imaginary friends of a blond child who is too sensitive for this world but not, alas, for this sappy movie.