Haunted by visions of his late wife and bitter father-in-law, a man (Ciarán Hinds) is drawn to a writer (Iben Hjejle) of ghost stories.
" There are few surprises hidden in the film's hushed spookiness. "
" The Eclipse is about death and sadness, rebirth and possibility. The film is anchored by Hinds' performance -- the actor brings a soulful melancholy to the proceedings. "
" The town and surrounding landscapes make a gorgeous setting -- the Irish tourist board will be happy -- but at its heart The Eclipse is a small, contained ghost story about a haunted man learning to exorcise himself. "
" The supernatural never seems far out of sight in Ireland, and it creeps in here and there during The Eclipse, a dark romance set at a literary festival in the County Cork cathedral town of Cobh. I'm not sure it's required, but it does little harm. "
" An interesting blend of very nicely observed character based drama with some horror movie effects. "
" Quinn, alternately charming and loathsome, is brilliant, as is Hinds, an actor who has elevated everything he's been in. "
" Makes good on its name by sometimes obscuring its themes and even point, which can have its charms though also severe drawbacks. "
" McPherson -- while getting some lovely shots of the Irish seaside -- never succeeds in making Michael's literary interests, or Lena's passionate interests, seem quite plausible. "
" In his quiet house hung with portraits of those who have become ghosts, Michael finally learns to mourn, and we realize that storytelling is how a writer grieves. "
" McPherson balances these disparate elements with great skill, never resorting to cheap scare tactics in what amounts to a sensitive character study. "
" he acting is of the highest caliber, but the characters and their circumstances are underwritten. "
" Ultimately, though, it feels fleeting and slight passing across our line of vision, never a full but merely a partial engagement. "
" McPherson brews a strangely appealing composite, a movie that is mostly character-driven romance but that seasons the proceedings with timely scare-your-pants-off moments of horror. "
" The whole thing would probably have flown apart if not for Hinds, whose character, like a dark star imploding, pulls everything toward him. "
" The Eclipse finds plenty of heartfelt gravity in its tale of love lost and found on a gothic coast. "
" McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse. "
" An above-average ghost tale elevated by its cast. "
" A leisurely and quite lovely drama that honors the conventions of gothic ghost stories without the slightest stain of self-irony. "
" A smart, scary, spine-tinglingly matter-of-fact ghost story. "
" Hinds has been ready for a role of this size and shape for years; it was simply a matter of finding it, and its finding him. "
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