Under the hand of an ambitious director, Eye of the Dolphin could've been a real turkey. It's got all the corny makings of serious pre-teen melodrama: a child facing trials in her life while bonding with an ambivelent parent and finding herself emotionally and spiritually while rising above a set of personal problems. Wisely, though, the director set his sights low and just let a charming little story happen. It's one of those films that you're probably not going to remember, but spending the two hours watching it does do some small thing to improve your life. If nothing else, it gives you a nice retreat from the mean, ugly world so you can just be a little less ready to get angry.