The Water Man Reviews

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July 12, 2021
Oyelowo and feature debutant screenwriter Emma Needell have done a terrific job in crafting well-rounded characters.
May 24, 2021
Plays like 90 straight minutes of déjà vu.
May 17, 2021
Lots of family films focus on silly, easy laughs, but this one is like a thoughtful middle-grade novel come to life.
May 14, 2021
It's easy to like and appreciate The Water Man even if those feelings never truly flow to love.
May 13, 2021
Heartfelt, but overwrought and overplayed throughout.
May 13, 2021
There's such a winning earnestness to it that I think [director David Oyelowo] comes by honestly.
May 11, 2021
Lonnie Chavis and Amiah Miller are the film's biggest assets with convincing performances as their characters deal with real-life issues of loss and abuse. A wonderful adventure for the whole family.
May 11, 2021
The Water Man is an engaging, creative family drama with flashes of fantasy.
May 10, 2021
The Water Man is a safe little adventure. It doesn't take massive risks, and audiences can follow along like a gentle river ride at a theme park. I take issue with the conclusion, but the rest of the film is fine.
May 10, 2021
The Water Man feels a little watered-down even by the standards of its genre, with somewhat less heft than the old Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, which created a classy environment to sell greeting cards woven into the drama.
May 10, 2021
David Oyelowo's directorial debut is eager to enchant us, but it doesn't quite manage the trick.
May 9, 2021
A story about humanity that isn't afraid to challenge its younger audiences' hearts and minds. However, the way the film opens the curtain on imagination prevents Oyelowo from fully producing the same kind of '80s Hollywood adventure he set out to make.
May 9, 2021
It's a sweet fantasy family drama involving such things as mom dying from leukemia, an urban legend and an aspiring artist son.
May 9, 2021
"The Water Man" is a valuable discourse for bridging teens and adults together to engage with current and impending despair they may feel in their lives.
May 8, 2021
The well-executed components support the fairy tale when the tale itself runs short.
May 8, 2021
"The Water Man" is a sensitive coming of age story about loss, friendship and the need to believe in magic, and Oyelowo proves himself to be a gifted storyteller with a big imagination.
May 8, 2021
The end result, "The Water Man," while not altogether graceless, registers as tonally disjointed and ultimately inconsequential in spite of its star-fronted cast.
May 8, 2021
This sharply crafted directorial debut is an enchanting fantasy whose characters are grounded in gritty reality.
May 8, 2021
This family-friendly monster movie will delight kids, move adults...
May 7, 2021
The Water Man takes a gorgeous look into the often heartbreaking journey of growing up.
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