When a feelgood formula is fleshed out artfully, going along with it can feel very good indeed.
Scott TobiasThe A.V. Club
Against all reason, this workingman's journey across the sea winds up seeming every bit as inspirational as the filmmakers intended, entirely because Mullan's grit validates every cornpone emotion. With a lesser actor, the movie would sink like a stone.
Lisa SchwarzbaumEntertainment Weekly
Scottish actor Peter Mullan saves a drama tangled in the seaweed of life lessons from drowning in pathos.
Michael AtkinsonVillage Voice
Gaby Dellal's cynically mushy film, like "The Full Monty" and its ilk, is best savored only by its target demo: middle-classers who see one imported film a year, the selection in question requiring working-stiff melodrama and leprechaun burrs gently and lovably mangling the English dialogue.
Ella TaylorL.A. Weekly
On a Clear Day is in most respects "The Full Monty," only with swimming, not stripping, and no bursts into song or dance - only the usual canny sequencing of tears and laughter, interspersed here with fetching underwater photography and father-son issues up the wazoo.