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.
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Corny, obvious, and shallow as a puddle, it traffics in outdated stereotypes, overused cliches, and ham-handed emotions.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.
July 12, 2012
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap.
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
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."
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?
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.
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.
July 5, 2012
It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
Top Critic
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.
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