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A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling.
On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation.
If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more.
Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie.
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.
Director Rick Stevenson and co-writer Icel Dobell Massey tell their fanciful story with an appreciable amount of wit and imagination.
[A] mildly entertaining fantasy.
A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film.
The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well.
'Magic in the Water' will probably appeal mostly to viewers who crave unsophisticated family-oriented entertainment, not matter how hokey it is.
A film likely to delight only the youngest moviegoers.
You can probably see this movie without doing any major damage, but you and yours will have much more fun reading together from the collected works of Dr. Seuss.
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.
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