Lady in the Water


Lady in the Water

Critics Consensus

A far-fetched story with little suspense and unconvincing scenarios, Lady In The Water feels contrived, pretentious, and rather silly.



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A modest building manager named Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. Cleveland and his fellow tenants start to realize that they are also characters in this bedtime story. As Cleveland falls deeper and deeper in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that reside in this fable and are determined to prevent her from returning home.

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Paul Giamatti
as Cleveland Heep
Bob Balaban
as Harry Farber
Cindy Cheung
as Young-Soon Choi
Bill Irwin
as Mr. Leeds
Mary Beth Hurt
as Mrs. Bell
Noah Gray-Cabey
as Joey Dury
Jared Harris
as Goatee Smoker
Joseph D. Reitman
as Long Haired Smoker
Grant Monohon
as Emaciated Smoker
John Boyd
as One-Eyebrow Smoker
Ethan Cohn
as Glasses Smoker
June Kyoko Lu
as Mrs. Choi
Tovah Feldshuh
as Mrs. Bubchik
Tom Mardirosian
as Mr. Bubchik
June Kyoto Lu
as Mrs. Choi
Maricruz Hernandez
as Perez de la Torre Sister No. 1
Carla Jimenez
as Perez de la Torre Sister No. 2
Natasha Perez
as Perez de la Torre Sister No. 3
Monique Gabriela Curnen
as Perez de la Torre Sister No. 4
Marilyn Torres
as Perez de la Torre Sister No. 5
George Bass
as Mr. Perez de la Torre
Nell Johnson
as Phone Message
Walter Lafty
as Silvertide Band Member
Mark Melchiorre Jr.
as Silvertide Band Member
Kevin Frank
as Silvertide Band Member
Brian Weaver
as Silvertide Band Member
Nick Perri
as Silvertide Band Member
Jeremy Howard
as Tartutic No. 1
Brian Steele
as Tartutic No. 2
Kurt Carley
as Tartutic No. 3
Doug Jones
as Tartutic No. 4
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All Critics (212) | Top Critics (49)

  • Still, the multicultural cast is fun, the images have a painterly beauty and there are some beguiling comic touches before the story sinks into a swamp of solemn metaphysical glop.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • [Perhaps it's] improvised and protracted, nonsensically and unnecessarily, just for the sake of stringing us along. And, maybe, putting us to sleep.

    Sep 13, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This pretentious, humourless (except for a joke-about-a-joke centring on the film critic) movie is breathtaking in its absurdity.

    Aug 12, 2006 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • What was [Shyamalan] thinking? This isn't just duff, it's career-threatening catastrophic.

    Aug 10, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There are some laughs to be had, albeit not always in the right places. A resounding plop.

    Aug 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • despite the childlike nature of the story, Lady in the Water will prove too confusing for most kids, which is a shame, since they're also the ones most like to greet that giant-eagle business with something other than a derisive laugh.

    Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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