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Big Screen | Neil Jordan Returns With Colin Farrell and “Ondine”

Big Screen | Neil Jordan Returns With Colin Farrell and "Ondine"

Exactly a month after premiering the film on Xbox, Playstation, Amazon, & Vudu VOD, Magnolia Pictures is releasing Neil Jordan’s Colin Farrell-starring “Ondine” in theaters this Friday. Averaging a respectable “B”) on criticWIRE, the film – which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year – has many critics heralding a return to form for Jordan.

“A gentle, unassuming fable about a fisherman (Colin Farrell) who pulls up a fetching, mysterious woman in his catch,” The Hollywood Reporter‘s Michael Rechtshaffen writes, “the film represents a back-to-basics return to form for Jordan, who in recent years has been looking to reconnect with the character-driven pieces (‘The Good Thief,’ ‘The Crying Game’) for which he is known.”

Todd McCarthy, then writing for Variety, said: “Literary to its marrow both in its Irish-lilted language and the storytelling tradition upon which it draws, this modestly scaled home-base outing from Neil Jordan is a decidedly specialized affair that will appeal only to certain tastes, but there’s plenty to appreciate if you let it seep in.”

Both Slant Magazine‘s Ed Gonzalez and Cinematical‘s Scott Weinberg are similarly appreciative. “Jordan delights in subverting the clichés of the fairy tale,” Gonzalez writes, while Weinberg calls “Ondine” a “sweet and frankly lovely little film.”

Among the film’s relative detractors – and there are a few – are LA Weekly‘s Karina Longworth, who writes that “this might have played as a welcome correction to today’s brand of contemporary indie film, which pairs poverty and whimsy neatly, if Ondine didn’t indulge in its own modern movie claptrap,” and The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw, who notes that “you’ll need a soft spot for this kind of whimsy, and mine sadly is like reinforced concrete.”

Check out links to each film’s indieWIRE page as well as other films opening this weekend, plus recent theatrical releases below. They include synopses, trailers, and a variety of criticWIRE grades and links to reviews.

iW Film Calendar & criticWIRE:
criticWIRE | Opening this week | Opening this month | All Films A – Z

criticWIRE: Films Opening This Week

Double Take (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Ondine (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Splice (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: no ratings yet

Convention (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: no ratings yet

criticWIRE: Films Currently In Theaters

Exit Through The Gift Shop (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

Please Give (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Father of My Children (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Best Worst Movie (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Looking For Eric (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Daddy Longlegs (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Micmacs (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Mother and Child (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

John Rabe (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Babies (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Two In The Wave (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Solitary Man (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Holy Rollers (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Perrier’s Bounty (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C

Agora (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C-

Peter Knegt is indieWIRE’s Associate Editor. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

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