The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)



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Movie Info

Reuniting with director Rob Reiner from the hit film, The Bucket List, Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door-an attractive single mom (Madsen) and her young daughters-who help him find inspiration again. -- (C) Magnolia

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rob Reiner, Guy Thomas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Monte Wildhorn

as Charlotte O'Neil

as Willow O'Neil

as Finnegan O'Neil

as Willow O'Neil

as Al Kaiser

as Flora O'Neil

as Fire Captain

as Carl Loop

as Karen Loop

as Bookstore Owner

as Joe Viola

as Joe Viola
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Critic Reviews for The Magic of Belle Isle

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

If this were real life and not a movie, Mr. Wildhorn would be written off as a crank and ostracized within a week.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's earnest, predictable and disposable.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

You can quarrel with the smiley-face outcome of every ordeal, but the tenderness and optimism are so powerful and ingratiating that only a viewer with the darkest sensibility will go away untouched.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
New York Observer
Top Critic

Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Madsen, a strong actress who might have matched Freeman, is portrayed in varying shades of blandness. Even Freeman, good as his is, is held back here.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Magic of Belle Isle

Sweet, charming movie Rob Reiner style. Many chuckle moments that I got a kick out of, especially with the character Carl. Morgan Freeman is wonderful, as usual...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Comic drama that can best be described as nice, Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen make it seem better than it is.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Rob Reiner is a good at taking adult themes, and turning them into good family orientated films. "Stand By Me" is my favorite Reiner movie, as I grew up watching that with my mom. Here, Morgan Freeman plays Monte, a alcoholic, paralyzed writer, who has lost the will to to write. Monte movies to Belle Isle and befriends a single mom(Virginia Madsen) and her three young daughters, whom help him find his inspiration again. It's a good, sweet natured, borderline sappy PG movie. The performances are all good, especially Freeman. It's good to see him in an actual leading role again instead of a supporting player or voice over. The rest of the cast is very good, as all three daughters do a terrific job, as does the usually great Madsen. It may be too boring for kids, and honestly it does drag a little during the middle, but it's still very entertaining and a good watch. Good watch.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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