The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Serena Donadoni
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
Family drama has syrupy plot but fabulous performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 5, 2012
The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
July 2, 2012
One of Reiner's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 2, 2012
A spiritual film for all true believers in the power of love to transform lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
June 30, 2012
Too schmaltzy, but so what? See it for Morgan Freeman's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
June 27, 2012
A solemn poetic tale, but not without moments of tenderly wrought humor resisting the consuming darkness. Owing to the film's always truthful, naked emotion, and the depth and richness of Freeman's performance and of Virginia Madsen's as well.
Clayton Davis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2012
Uninspiring sentimental inspirational pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 10, 2012
This is a cuddly puppy of a movie - what heart is so dark to do it violence?
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Pais
July 19, 2012
Probably only in theaters because ABC Family said, 'Sorry, this is a little hokey for us.'
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 12, 2012
It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
July 12, 2012
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Jorgenson
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.
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