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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Reviews

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 12, 2011
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] disappointing mixed bag.

January 7, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A rich, mostly tender fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 26, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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A tepid, CGI-enhanced family movie that should delight 6-year-olds with a lap full of popcorn.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 26, 2007
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The film is a triumph of empathy.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 26, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Maybe the best thing about this cute pet movie is that the kids won't be able to talk you into picking one up on the way home from the theater.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2007

AV Club
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Few kid films manage to assemble this much ambition alongside this much sincere, sweet emotion.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

December 26, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's a little corny and somewhat overlong, but a sweet sensibility and stirring adventure scenes make The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep a welcome gift for anyone looking to keep kids entertained over the holidays.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 26, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is what family entertainment ought to be, but so rarely is: a ripping good adventure, a parable about childhood and maturity, and a romp.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The Water Horse moves along at a dutiful clip, engaging us without transporting us.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 26, 2007
Laura Kern
New York Times
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Many lonely children yearn for a pet to call their own. In The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, a boy finds not only that, but a best friend as well.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Parents, forget about those warbling mischievous chipmunks. If you want to take the kids on a delightful animal adventure that you will enjoy as much as they do, go see The Water Horse.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 26, 2007
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a Christmas surprise, a charming family film that skips the sugar coating to create a believable bond between a boy and a beast.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B+

December 26, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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...the film looks grand. A little too grand for the sappy proceedings.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 26, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The average 12-year-old will find it slow and predictable.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 26, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 26, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Adapted with charming dispatch from the Dick King-Smith story.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 25, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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You can't deny the solid performances, the meticulous period detail and, most importantly, the way it refuses to talk down to young audiences.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 25, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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In an era when pop-culture onslaughts are more fashionable, family movies of this quality are hard to find.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 25, 2007
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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A sweet, familiar story, beautifully filmed and lovingly told.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Director Jay Russell grounds the fantasy in serious drama, with enough slapstick to keep it from getting too scary for tots.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 25, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like most British family films, Water Horse doesn't dumb down its young characters or insult the intelligence of the audience. It has a lot of sly humor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 25, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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No surprises, really, just a nice-looking movie with good digital effects and a cute kid.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The story is clever and heartwarming enough for the film to work on some level for adults and children (although it skews younger). Plus, the CGI work is competently done.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 25, 2007
Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
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It all plays out as you know it must, right down to [Brian] Cox's narrative revelation at the end, but that doesn't diminish the sense of satisfaction this gratifying family entertainment delivers.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It declines to take itself seriously, yet manages, sometimes simultaneously, to be exciting, instructive, cheerfully absurd and genuinely affecting.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 21, 2007
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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The best kiddie picture of the season -- and, along with Ratatouille, of the year.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 20, 2007
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Family films that won't make adults gag are always in short supply, so a pleasing British fantasy, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, is a welcome addition to the holiday season.

December 13, 2007
Justin Chang
Variety
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Though it strikes some predictable coming-of-age notes, this moving, well-wrought adventure should appeal to fans of E.T. and Carroll Ballard.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 13, 2007
Karen Valby
Entertainment Weekly
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The star of this Scottish fable, about the mythical Loch Ness monster, looks like a raw chicken breast with teeth when he hatches.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

December 12, 2007
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