The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 7, 2008
[A] disappointing mixed bag.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 26, 2007
A rich, mostly tender fairy tale.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 26, 2007
A tepid, CGI-enhanced family movie that should delight 6-year-olds with a lap full of popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 26, 2007
What makes The Water Horse different is its sophisticated, wraparound story, which initially seems at odds with a computer-generated sea-beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 26, 2007
The film is a triumph of empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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AV Club
December 26, 2007
Few kid films manage to assemble this much ambition alongside this much sincere, sweet emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2007
The Water Horse moves along at a dutiful clip, engaging us without transporting us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
December 26, 2007
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2007
...the film looks grand. A little too grand for the sappy proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 26, 2007
The average 12-year-old will find it slow and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2007
What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 25, 2007
Adapted with charming dispatch from the Dick King-Smith story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 25, 2007
In an era when pop-culture onslaughts are more fashionable, family movies of this quality are hard to find.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
December 25, 2007
A sweet, familiar story, beautifully filmed and lovingly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 25, 2007
Director Jay Russell grounds the fantasy in serious drama, with enough slapstick to keep it from getting too scary for tots.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 25, 2007
No surprises, really, just a nice-looking movie with good digital effects and a cute kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2007
It declines to take itself seriously, yet manages, sometimes simultaneously, to be exciting, instructive, cheerfully absurd and genuinely affecting.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 20, 2007
The best kiddie picture of the season -- and, along with Ratatouille, of the year.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2007
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 13, 2007
Though it strikes some predictable coming-of-age notes, this moving, well-wrought adventure should appeal to fans of E.T. and Carroll Ballard.
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Karen Valby
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: C-