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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 23

The Water Horse is a fine family film. It takes a classic tale and infuses it with extra imagination, sly humor, heart, and inventive special effects.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 7

The Water Horse is a fine family film. It takes a classic tale and infuses it with extra imagination, sly humor, heart, and inventive special effects.



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Two children discover an egg on a beach in Scotland which eventually hatches into a "waterhorse". Later, that waterhorse grows up to be the Loch Ness monster.

Apr 8, 2008


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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (23) | DVD (9)

[A] disappointing mixed bag.

January 7, 2008 | Comments (2)
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A rich, mostly tender fairy tale.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A tepid, CGI-enhanced family movie that should delight 6-year-olds with a lap full of popcorn.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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What makes The Water Horse different is its sophisticated, wraparound story, which initially seems at odds with a computer-generated sea-beast.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The film is a triumph of empathy.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The Water Horse is an extremely charming little children's film of the type that we unfortunately have been seeing less and less often, with just enough weight to truly earn the title 'a film for the entire family.'

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

... we are able to sit back and enjoy the fun without ever losing sight of the sadness underneath.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

The story nicely interweaves the legend of the Loch Ness monster with a tale of childhood angst, wartime drama and adventure.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Pleasingly evokes the days when Roddy McDowall frolicked with Flicka and Lassie, [but] it must be said that a CGI pet is not quite so easy to love as a flesh-and-blood performer, animal or human.

April 6, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Mal conseguindo ocultar o fato de ter sido claramente inspirado em "E.T.", é um filme terrivelmente irregular que traz personagens esquemáticos e um monstrinho tão "simpáticos" que jamais temos certeza se este irá devorar seu amigo humano ou não.

February 14, 2008 | Comments (2)
Cinema em Cena

'Tis a great beastie, and not a wee pig, this time around.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The only reasons to stay awake are the nature porn shots of the Highlands impossibly green hills and gray skies, and a nimble bit performance by a bulldog named Churchill

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Comment (1)
I.E. Weekly

It doesn't condescend to kids; its themes and narrative structure are fairly sophisticated.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Although it's a fantasy, 'The Water Horse' makes us believe we're actually seeing 1940s Scotland on the big screen.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An intelligent and family-friendly variation on the boy and his dog story in which the 'dog' is a cuddly little creature that turns into the Loch Ness monster.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A heart-warming film about a boy and a magic sea creature, The Water Horse captures the wonder of a timeless tale by combining good storytelling with a strong sense of time and place

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The Water Horse's fluctuation between wholesome kiddie flick, complete with silly humor, and dark fantasy/coming-of-age drama ultimately proves too unwieldy for the filmmakers to handle, causing the film to sink under the weight of all its well-meaning bu

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

...the pacing flags a bit in the protracted climax, but it's fun overall.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film does affirm the basic message of the best kind of fairy tale: as with water, so with other things: there is more to this world than what we see on the surface.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

One of the strengths of The Water Horse is that it doesn't compromise and keeps things real even with the fantastical elements.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Predictable family fantasy not as good as book.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If you're in search of family fare that won't have the adults in the audience checking their watches, this is it.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Despite the drama, there is nothing in The Water Horse that will frighten young children. The cast is good, and the special effects are even better.

December 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

You can't go wrong with a family movie about a boy and his pet ... even if that pet goes from the size of a puppy to a full-blown sea monster in a matter of days.

December 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

October 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

A real family that deals with friendships in a realistic fashion. The Water Horse isn't just a cute little creature. It starts off that way, with a number of comical scenes involving a baby monster. It soon turns a lot darker, where the monster is truly a wild creature and capable of great harm. The film holds up as we wonder if the friendship between Angus and monster will hold up. A lot of the film was rather slow, as it took a while to get anywhere. We are given some repetitive scenes, such as baths for the monster, and at least 2 chases involving the monster and dog. I also wasn't a fan of the movie being told as a story. It gave off a creepy vibe from Brian Cox, like he just sits in the pub all day rambling on. The CGI creature is very consistent, and the action scenes do have some dread to them. A nice watch for families, that doesn't patronize nor embarrass.
July 22, 2011

Super Reviewer

it was a wonderful film, with great story, effects, characters, and drama.
January 29, 2011
michael e.
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Great kids classic that I will remember for a long time! I saw it for 2 dollars at some cheap holiday special screening, but I would have paid full price for this wonderful film!
February 4, 2010
KJ Proulx

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