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  Eye of the Dolphin

Starring: Carly Schroeder, Adrian Dunbar, Jane Lynch, Christine Adams

Directed by: Michael D. Sellers

Produced by: Susan Johnson

Written by: Michael D. Sellers

Distributor: Monterey Media


     More than any other emotion, Eye of the Dolphin made me feel anger. This was not because of the film’s content—it’s a pretty inoffensive motion picture all around—but because of its exploitation of a great lead performance. As the film’s protagonist, troubled-teen Alyssa, Carly Schroeder is a revelation. She hits all of the right notes as a rebellious girl who flounders through high school after the loss of her mother, only to be shocked when she is one day informed by her grandmother that her long-lost father isn’t dead, as she had been told for all her life. The rest of the movie, however, doesn’t measure up to the quality of Schroeder’s work: it’s dull, formulaic, and lacking in visual style. The experience feels nearly ironic because of this sad truth; the out-of-place greatness of the performance lends itself more to the viewer’s frustration than it does their admiration. Even when Alyssa and Grandma travel to the Bahamas, where her dad is a dolphin researcher, the movie never really finds its rhythm.  Had Eye of the Dolphin been more effective on the whole, critics would be comparing Schroeder’s work to Keisha Castle-Hughes’ Oscar-nominated turn in 2002’s Whale Rider. As it is, the movie is merely a tired entry in a tired genre with a somewhat-redeeming lead performance.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 8.29.2007


Eye of the Dolphin is rated PG-13 and runs 100 minutes.

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