• PG, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Rob Reiner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 6, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 18, 2012
  • Magnolia Pictures


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The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

July 12, 2012
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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It's earnest, predictable and disposable.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

July 12, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2012
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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 Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 9, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

July 6, 2012
William Goss
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So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 6, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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That Freeman would be willing to settle for this, perhaps, isn't that surprising; he hasn't been interesting in breaking a sweat for awhile now. But is this really the best that director Rob Reiner can manage?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 6, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 5, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D-

July 5, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

July 4, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 3, 2012
John Anderson
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Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 15, 2012
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