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Magic in the Water Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the problems with the first two-thirds of Magic in the Water is that we don't see Orky. One of the problems with the last third is that we do.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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It's certainly not a good film, and I can't give it even a lukewarm recommendation, but there are isolated moments when the film works as well for adults as for kids.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 5, 2014
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 1/5

August 9, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
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'Magic in the Water' will probably appeal mostly to viewers who crave unsophisticated family-oriented entertainment, not matter how hokey it is.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 21, 2011
Dragan Antulov

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

December 9, 2002

A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 5, 2014
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

If dying of boredom was possible, this movie would be lethal.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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There's definitely something in the water here, but magic...?

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle

While it's amusing for the younger set, an adult outing to Magic in the Water, like my search for Nessie, might benefit from a few shots of magic water en route.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Free Willy and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial are the obvious inspirations for Magic in the Water, a tepid family fantasy that replaces those child-friendly creatures for a sort of Canadian Loch Ness Monster.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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I was so fed up with the bogus sentiment in Magic in the Water that I started wishing it were Harmon gasping for breath instead of the cheap rubber thing with the eyes. No such luck.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

You can probably see this movie without doing any major damage, but you and yours will have much more fun reading together from the collected works of Dr. Seuss.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

A film likely to delight only the youngest moviegoers.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2005
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Orky isn't shown until near the end, and then only briefly. At first, I thought this was an attempt to build suspense, but after a while, I began to suspect that the high cost of sea-monster footage was the real explanation.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

May 5, 2014
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

May 5, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 5, 2014
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2014
David Aldridge
Radio Times

The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2014
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