The Water Man Reviews

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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 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 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 family-friendly monster movie will delight kids, move adults...
May 7, 2021
Children absorb everything, good and bad, all the stresses, heartbreak, anxiety of the adults around them. Children can handle the difficult things. Oyelowo knows this and respects it.
May 7, 2021
Actor David Oyelowo makes a heartfelt directing debut in a PG adventure about a boy (Lonnie Chavez) in search of a mythic creature who might save his dying mother. Even when the pace drags, the film is a gift for family audiences.
May 7, 2021
Exquisitely captures the liminal moment at the end of childhood when we are old enough understand some of the complications of life but young enough to believe in magic.
May 6, 2021
A very nice movie that's a lot like a bunch of other very nice movies.
May 6, 2021
The Water Man plays with the conventions of fantasy, as Chavis' perfectly wide-eyed Gunner is taken on a strange, winding path by Miller's suitably roguish and spiky Jo.
May 6, 2021
There's a lot of heart, even soul, to this never-overwrought production from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films.
May 6, 2021
The keen affinity the actor David Oyelowo has for his fellow performers is the best thing about "The Water Man," his feature directorial debut.
May 5, 2021
The actor's directorial career is certainly off to a clean-lined, competent start. But it's hard to shake the feeling that this is the sort of film that fond parents wish their children would love, as opposed to a film their children actually will love.
May 5, 2021
Oyelowo does a superb job of balancing the story's most somber elements with preteen adventure and moments of mordant humor...
September 22, 2020
Though Oyelowo's direction is decent, the story never takes you to that special place and the son's venture into the forest rarely feels adventurous.
September 22, 2020
What is magical, though, is the chance to root for a young Black male hero as he navigates a family crisis that's both specific and universal, and not based on race.
September 21, 2020
It's a tricky balancing act to take an audience from a terminally-ill mom to an avalanche of insects, but director David Oyelowo (working from Emma Needell's Black List screenplay) gets all the tones just right.
September 18, 2020
If nothing else, The Water Man is an impactful calling card for Oyelowo, whose choice of debut is a sign of exciting, and big, things to come.
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