Magic in the Water (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Magic in the Water (1995)

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Set in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, this magical family tale centers on a divorced radio talk show psychiatrist who has been so immersed in his career that he has neglected his two kids, Ashley and Josh. To rectify the situation, he takes them to a beautiful lakeside cabin in Glenorky, BC, the supposed home of a giant mythological reptilian monster. Though he has ostensibly come to spend time with the kids, the lure of working on his book is too strong and soon he is locked away in the cabin amidst papers, a cellular phone and a lap-top, busily clacking away while the children head out to explore. It is Ashley who first sees the mythical monster. She tells her dad, and of course, he initially disbelieves her, but the girl seems so earnest that he begins to wonder. His investigation of the matter leads him down a magical road to reconciliation with his children and the rediscovery that there is a wonderful life outside of his career. He even manages to find a little love along the way. This film is also known as Glenorky.

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Cast

Mark Harmon
as Jack Black
Joshua Jackson
as Joshua Black
Harley Jane Kozak
as Dr. Wanda Bell
Sarah Wayne
as Ashley Black
Frank S. Salsedo
as Uncle Kipper
Morris Panych
as Mack Miller
Tamsin Kelsey
as Sheriff Stevenson
Ben Cardinal
as Joe Pickled Trout
P. Adrien Dorval
as Wright Hardy
Marc Acheson
as Lefty Hardy
Garrett Bennett
as Christian
David Rasche
as Phillip
Lesley Ewen
as Private Nurse
Will Sasso
as Shy Young Orderly
Nathan Begg
as Kid in Cowboy Hat
Philip Baer
as Boy in Boat
Peter Baer
as Boy in Boat
Elisa Wayne
as Girl in Tutu
Cole Halleran
as Boy on Leash
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Critic Reviews for Magic in the Water

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling.

May 5, 2014 | Full Review…

On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation.

May 5, 2014 | Full Review…

If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more.

May 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie.

May 5, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Orky isn't shown until near the end, and then only briefly. At first, I thought this was an attempt to build suspense, but after a while, I began to suspect that the high cost of sea-monster footage was the real explanation.

May 5, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Director Rick Stevenson and co-writer Icel Dobell Massey tell their fanciful story with an appreciable amount of wit and imagination.

March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Magic in the Water

Very good made-for-tv film from the mid-90s. I've always been fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster, and this reminded me of that, with a great family movie tied into it.

Jason Owens
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