Opal Dream

Opal Dream
Opal Dream
  • PG
  • 1h 25m
  • 2006
Fresh68%
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Opal Dream is the heartwarming family film that Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News declares "will lift you up!" After Kellyanne Williamson's two imaginary friends go "missing," she is suddenly struck by a mysterious illness. Her big brother has never seen these magical playmates, but he knows something must be done to reach his sister. Despite all his doubts, he rallies friends and family for an inspirational journey to find the missing friends. Together, they discover what Kellyanne has always known…that you don't always need to see to believe.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh68%
Critics Consensus: Earnest performances and Peter Cattaneo's sympathetic direction gives heart to the simple, timeworn script.
Reviews
Seattle Times
Tom Keogh
Fresh

Opal Dream might be one of those movies that has to catch a viewer in the right mood, or be greete...

March 13, 2019
Boston Globe
Ty Burr
Rotten

The film squeezes out its feel-good messages like toothpaste from a tube.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Rotten

Although Opal Dream marks a pleasing departure from the conventions of the British comedy -- it's...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
Teresa Budasi
Fresh

With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rar...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Sid Smith
Fresh

Sophisticated cine philes aren't likely to go ga-ga over this one, but Opal Dream is a worthwhile...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Unusual Australian drama has a few moments of violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Opal Dream is a 2006 Australian film about the nature of faith and belief with some episodes of illness and violence. The main character becomes sick when her imaginary friends go missing and she thinks they're dead. Also the family is ostracized by the locals when they think the father has poached their land, and the father is beaten up. Older brother Ash has no problem standing up to bullies, and there is a scene where he discovers a rat has been tied to the handlebars by bullies. A few scenes take place in bars and there's a bit of rough language. The film does raise profound questions about what it means to believe in something, and and the transformative power of imagination.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:November 22, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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