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About the Movie

Academy Award(R) winner Tom Hanks stars as Allen Bauer, a workaholic who's convinced he can't fall in love. That is, until he's mysteriously rescued at sea by the mermaid of his dreams! Soon Allen and Madison (Daryl Hannah) are swept away by hilarious and heartwarming romance. Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard directs a star-studded cast, including Eugene Levy, and hilarious John Candy in a magical tale.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 37
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Feb 3, 2009

Fresh: A romantic comedy that is as salty and bracing as a plunge in the surf. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 3, 2018

Fresh: It's a rambunctious comedy, coming from director Ron Howard who, with his previous, wacky Night Shift, unarguably shows that beneath that Opie Taylor/Richie Cunningham persona, there's a wild and crazy spirit. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 9, 2017

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Customer Reviews

When a Man Loves a Mermaid

"Splash" is a significant film for a few reasons: for one thing, it singlehandedly popularized Madison as a girl's name. It was also the first film released by Touchstone (Disney's banner for adult-oriented fare). In this film, Tom Hanks falls in love with a mermaid who lives off the coast of Cape Cod. The mermaid adopts the name "Madison" on land (after seeing a Madison Avenue street sign) because her real name is a series of high-pitched squeals capable of shattering glass (the scene in which Madison gives her real name is hilarious). But someone is conspiring to cut Madison up. This is a film I would thoroughly recommend.

Best Mermaid ever.

A classic 80's movie. Its timeless and Tom Hanks rocks in this romantic comedy with a fish of a twist.


This is one of my favorite movies of all times!!!
I love how she can turn into a human

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1984

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