The Secret of Roan Inish (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)



Critic Consensus: The Secret of Roan Inish is a gentle fairy tale filled with optimism that's suitable for the whole family.

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In this family film, set in Ireland, ten-year-old Fiona is sent to Donegal to live with her grandparents. On the nearby island of Roan Inish, she spies a wild child. Fiona believes that the child is her long-lost brother, who mysteriously disappeared when his cradle floated out on the tide.

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Suzanne Gallagher
as Selkie's Daughter
Pat Slowey
as Priest
Fergal McElherron
as Sean Michael
Eddie Erskine
as Bar Patron
Pat Howey
as Priest
Eugene McHugh
as Bar Patron
Tony Rubini
as Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of Roan Inish

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (19)

I wish I liked it more, but there's more than whiff of worthy Irish heritage in the air, and the story drifts all over the place. I'm afraid I kept drifting off as well.

November 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The rhythms are placid and the camerawork (by Haskell Wexler) is simple and unfussy. The film's a charm.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

John Sayles' latest marks his entry into family-pic terrain, a crossing that draws pleasant but unexciting results.

March 11, 2008

Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.

March 11, 2008

This is all rather low-key and uninsistent, but the settings are gorgeous, and Haskell Wexler's cinematography makes the most of them.

March 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Tales within tales, a subtle sense of economic and social realities, fine landscape photography and strong performances make for an engrossing, unusual fantasy.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret of Roan Inish

The (uninteresting & very much avoidable) Secret of Roan Inish

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If I was a twelve year old girl this film would rock my world. Because I mean dude, SEALS! Also the beautiful cinematography by Haskell Wexler is there to be appreciated by all ages and both sexes.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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A beautiful tale makes you want to believe in Magic.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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