The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 6, 2012
"The Magic of Belle Isle'' smothers two of this year's best performances - by Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen - in enough family-friendly sweetness to induce diabetic shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 5, 2012
'The Magic of Belle Isle' may not be magical, but many Morgan Freeman fans will probably enjoy his droll, loquacious performance in this uneven offering.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 5, 2012
The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2012
It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 5, 2012
For a movie that spends so much time extolling the virtues of the imagination to show so little of its own is more than ironic -- it's offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 4, 2012
A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 3, 2012
It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
July 2, 2012
This gooey reteaming of Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman is crammed tight with baldly manipulative elements, its tearjerker quota busting at the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
July 2, 2012
One of Reiner's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 2, 2012
A spiritual film for all true believers in the power of love to transform lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 30, 2012
Too schmaltzy, but so what? See it for Morgan Freeman's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 27, 2012
A solemn poetic tale, but not without moments of tenderly wrought humor resisting the consuming darkness. Owing to the film's always truthful, naked emotion, and the depth and richness of Freeman's performance and of Virginia Madsen's as well.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 15, 2012
Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.
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