The Magic of Belle Isle - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 12, 2012
It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 9, 2012
Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
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William Goss
Film.com
July 6, 2012
So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 15, 2012
Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.