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The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
July 2, 2012
This gooey reteaming of Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman is crammed tight with baldly manipulative elements, its tearjerker quota busting at the seams.
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 5, 2012
For a movie that spends so much time extolling the virtues of the imagination to show so little of its own is more than ironic -- it's offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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
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William Goss
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Alison Willmore
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 3, 2012
It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
Brian Orndorf
July 12, 2012
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 5, 2012
'The Magic of Belle Isle' may not be magical, but many Morgan Freeman fans will probably enjoy his droll, loquacious performance in this uneven offering.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2012
Uninspiring sentimental inspirational pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
June 15, 2012
Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 4, 2012
A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 6, 2012
"The Magic of Belle Isle'' smothers two of this year's best performances - by Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen - in enough family-friendly sweetness to induce diabetic shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2012
That Freeman would be willing to settle for this, perhaps, isn't that surprising; he hasn't been interesting in breaking a sweat for awhile now. But is this really the best that director Rob Reiner can manage?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2012
It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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