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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 7, 2011
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 4, 2008
... we are able to sit back and enjoy the fun without ever losing sight of the sadness underneath.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 17, 2008
The story nicely interweaves the legend of the Loch Ness monster with a tale of childhood angst, wartime drama and adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 6, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 14, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 9, 2008
'Tis a great beastie, and not a wee pig, this time around.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 14, 2008
It doesn't condescend to kids; its themes and narrative structure are fairly sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 12, 2008
Although it's a fantasy, 'The Water Horse' makes us believe we're actually seeing 1940s Scotland on the big screen.
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
January 10, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 8, 2008
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
Stax
IGN Movies
January 8, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 7, 2008
[A] disappointing mixed bag.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 4, 2008
...the pacing flags a bit in the protracted climax, but it's fun overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
January 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
January 3, 2008
One of the strengths of The Water Horse is that it doesn't compromise and keeps things real even with the fantastical elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2008
Predictable family fantasy not as good as book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 2, 2008
If you're in search of family fare that won't have the adults in the audience checking their watches, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
December 31, 2007
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 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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