The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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February 15, 2020
Hopeless drivel.
September 16, 2014
All we're left with is an uneven story that could have landed on "Best of Straight-to-DVD" shelves or the $1 bin at your local Walmart for Grandma to find.
December 30, 2012
Freeman, an actor who can be fierce and disagreeable on screen and in person, is content to turn on the twinkle. Unfortunately, Reiner seems all too happy to let him.
December 12, 2012
Uninspiring sentimental inspirational pic.
November 27, 2012
The problems with the dialog and story are overcome by the fact that this is a very nice, warm, romantic story with some magic in it.
November 1, 2012
There's a comforting inevitability to The Magic of Belle Isle, as an alcoholic author spends a soothing, rejuvenating summer in a sleepy lakeside village.
September 10, 2012
This is a cuddly puppy of a movie - what heart is so dark to do it violence?
July 28, 2012
Corny, obvious, and shallow as a puddle, it traffics in outdated stereotypes, overused cliches, and ham-handed emotions. Trust me: your 80 year-old grandmother will love this movie.
July 19, 2012
Probably only in theaters because ABC Family said, 'Sorry, this is a little hokey for us.'
July 12, 2012
If this were real life and not a movie, Mr. Wildhorn would be written off as a crank and ostracized within a week.
July 12, 2012
It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
Top Critic
July 12, 2012
You can quarrel with the smiley-face outcome of every ordeal, but the tenderness and optimism are so powerful and ingratiating that only a viewer with the darkest sensibility will go away untouched.
July 12, 2012
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap.
July 9, 2012
Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell.
July 6, 2012
The film lacks subtlety and never misses a chance to tug at the heartstrings, gradually drowning amid all of its melodramatic contrivances.
July 6, 2012
Family drama has syrupy plot but fabulous performances.
July 6, 2012
Madsen, a strong actress who might have matched Freeman, is portrayed in varying shades of blandness. Even Freeman, good as his is, is held back here.
July 6, 2012
As sticky-sweet and textureless as a bowl of pudding, though an amused central performance from star Morgan Freeman continually finds nuance and the unexpected where there ultimately isn't any.
July 6, 2012
So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.
July 6, 2012
This screenplay is so poorly crafted, it trumps many of those that have eroded the Reiner legacy since '96. "Good script"? Per Inigo Montoya: "I do not think it means what you think it means."
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