If this were real life and not a movie, Mr. Wildhorn would be written off as a crank and ostracized within a week.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell.
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.
| Original Score: C
So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.
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?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
"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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars.
| Original Score: 3/5
It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
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.
| Original Score: D-
A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner.
It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.