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  • Summary: A movie for children and grown-ups of all ages, Opal Dream tells the touching story of a young girl, Kellyanne Williamson, whose unshakable faith in her two imaginary friends resonates through her small hometown in the Australian Outback. (Strand Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The film's sweetness derives primarily from the relationship between Ashmol and his unusual sister, and draws much of its richness from the unfamiliar and fascinating world of opal prospecting.
  2. It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.
  3. 75
    A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
  4. Though there are no Montys, full or otherwise, the finale will lift you up.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.
  7. A warning to parents everywhere about the dangers of indulging irrational behavior, Opal Dream is a sickly sweet tale of deep dysfunction masquerading as family solidarity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  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 "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. Collapse
  3. Mike
    Nov 24, 2006
    3
    I really wanted to like this movie, but I didn't. Amateurish acting, one-dimensional and mostly uninteresting characters, and an I really wanted to like this movie, but I didn't. Amateurish acting, one-dimensional and mostly uninteresting characters, and an unexceptional story poorly told all contributed to my disappointment. Whereas The Full Monty provided believably real people finding a novel solutions to routine problems, Opal Dream had wooden actors finding routine solutions to unbelievable problems. I like a sappy cryer as much as anyone. This one just didn't work. Expand

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