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Aquamarine (2006)

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51

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 43

A lighthearted, gum-smacking, boy-crazy film with a hopeful message for young girls.

55

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 14

A lighthearted, gum-smacking, boy-crazy film with a hopeful message for young girls.

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Two teenagers think they have problems until they come to the rescue of a girl with a fishy story to tell in this teen-oriented comedy. Thirteen-year-old Claire (Emma Roberts) and same-aged Hailey (Joanne "JoJo" Levesque) are two close friends living in Tampa, FL, who are facing a separation in a few weeks -- Claire's mother is a marine biologist who has been given a prestigious new job in Australia, meaning the girls are not likely to see much of each other again. While the girls wonder if

Jun 13, 2006

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Unfortunately, the performances are often clunky and the art direction and CG are wanting, so anyone over the age of eight is likely to find it cheap around the edges. One for very little mermaids.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This movie, in fact, is all about conformity.

March 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This film is entirely harmless. It's utterly forgettable.

March 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Aquamarine isn't good enough to be a teen classic, but its audience will leave the theater happy.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like its title character, Allen's choppy and inconsistent film has two speeds, ditsy or sentimental, and never gathers momentum.

March 3, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Director Elizabeth Allen sets a nicely easy-breezy tone for Aquamarine, but her comic timing is sometimes shaky and she sadly cannot overcome the weaknesses of the script.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The movie scores a major victory in reaching its audience with the all-too-important message that they are fine just the way they are.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Kids seem to love the recognizable 'tween stars, but for the rest of us it's sort of like the cotton-candy scene%u2014we're not sure whether to eat it or rub our faces in it.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

As shameless as trashy cookie-cutter studios movies will ever get.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

The performances are charming, particularly JoJo Levesque, who is rapidly becoming the new Lindsay Lohan (only in a good way).

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This fantasy comedy should entertain its pre-teen female market -- and repel those silly superficial boys (swoon).

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This is when my job feels like work.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

if you aren't expecting much, Aquamarine isn't an utterly awful way to spend an afternoon

May 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

For supervising grownups, its giddy leanings will induce seasickness.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com

It's silly and trivial but harmless enough for undemanding teenage girls, and Roberts and Levesque make a vivacious team.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

JoJo can't act-act, and the same goes for everyone else in Aquamarine who isn't a dolphin.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Comments (2)
Metromix.com

Aquamarine is pleasant enough and perfect for its target demographic, but it's a run of the mill movie that wouldn't stand out among the various cable TV offerings for its audience.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's not going to win an Oscar or anything. But I liked how it was actually made for tween girls.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cross the Gidget flicks with a sudsy fish-out-of-water tale and -- poof -- you'll get this 'tween fantasy, which only lands with a small splash.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

An amusing, sweet 'n' spunky friendship tale - if you're a 'tween. If you're older, this may be too soggy and sappy for you.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

As silly and girly as an adolescent crush -- and every bit as fun -- "Aquamarine" is the perfect film for girls age 10 and older%u2026and their older sisters. And their moms. And some of us who used to be adolescent girls.

March 8, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I kept getting the sense of an Afternoon Special that had blundered into a theater by accident on its way to a TV set.

March 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fantastic film for tweens, bearable film for the rest of us

March 7, 2006 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Aquamarine

Too cliche and formulaic. I wouldn't recommend it even to the target audience.
July 16, 2012
Raajay

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A cute chick flick that also has you well up in tears of joy. Wasn't as bad as people say and it actually leaves you feeling really happy.
June 24, 2011
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Cute movie for young teenage girls.
December 28, 2010
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    1. Claire: It's good to have friends with fins.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
    1. Aquamarine: I need some salt.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (17 months ago)
    1. Aquamarine: Who needs Raymond? I found two new men to love. And their names are Ben and Jerry.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (17 months ago)
    1. Claire: You have to give her your t-shirt.
    2. Hailey: No. My bathing suit's boy repellant. What if we see Raymond?
    3. Claire: It's either your bathing suit or her birthday suit.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (17 months ago)
    1. Hailey: Wait, if you don't have love, how do you know it exists?
    2. Aquamarine: I saw it once. And I want it, with him.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (17 months ago)
    1. Grandma Maggie: Claire! Hailey! We need your help.
    2. Claire: Hey, what?
    3. Grandma Maggie: Oh, we've decided to fire Raymond.
    4. Hailey: What?
    5. Claire: That is so not funny!
    6. Grandma Maggie: You girls are too wound up.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (17 months ago)
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