Magic in the Water - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Magic in the Water Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 5, 2014
[A] mildly entertaining fantasy.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
May 5, 2014
The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
March 26, 2009
Director Rick Stevenson and co-writer Icel Dobell Massey tell their fanciful story with an appreciable amount of wit and imagination.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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John F. Kelly
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Despite these cliches, director and co-screenwriter Rick Stevenson has created some original moments.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 5, 2014
A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2014
On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2014
If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 5, 2014
Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 5, 2014
A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 21, 2011
'Magic in the Water' will probably appeal mostly to viewers who crave unsophisticated family-oriented entertainment, not matter how hokey it is.
Emanuel Levy
August 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
December 9, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A film likely to delight only the youngest moviegoers.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's certainly not a good film, and I can't give it even a lukewarm recommendation, but there are isolated moments when the film works as well for adults as for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the problems with the first two-thirds of Magic in the Water is that we don't see Orky. One of the problems with the last third is that we do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's definitely something in the water here, but magic...?
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
If dying of boredom was possible, this movie would be lethal.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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