The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

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The Water Horse is a fine family film. It takes a classic tale and infuses it with extra imagination, sly humor, heart, and inventive special effects.



Total Count: 89


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User Ratings: 48,669
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Two children discover an egg on a beach in Scotland which eventually hatches into a "waterhorse". Later, that waterhorse grows up to be the Loch Ness monster.


Emily Watson
as Anne MacMorrow
Alex Etel
as Angus MacMorrow
Ben Chaplin
as Lewis Mowbray
David Morrissey
as Captain Hamilton
Priyanka Xi
as Kirstie MacMorrow
Marshall Napier
as Sgt. Strunk
Joel Tobeck
as Sgt. Walker
Erroll Shand
as Lt. Wormsley
Brian Cox
as Old Angus
Bruce Allpress
as Jock McGowan
Peter Corrigan
as Jimmy's Buddy No.1
Edward Newborn
as Corp. Grubbs
Louis Owen Collins
as Young Angus
Phil Peleton
as Soldier
Ben Van Lier
as Gunner Rapp
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Critic Reviews for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (23)

  • The only reasons to stay awake are the nature porn shots of the Highlands impossibly green hills and gray skies, and a nimble bit performance by a bulldog named Churchill

    Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • [A] disappointing mixed bag.

    Jan 7, 2008
  • A rich, mostly tender fairy tale.

    Dec 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A tepid, CGI-enhanced family movie that should delight 6-year-olds with a lap full of popcorn.

    Dec 26, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes The Water Horse different is its sophisticated, wraparound story, which initially seems at odds with a computer-generated sea-beast.

    Dec 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • The film is a triumph of empathy.

    Dec 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

  • Jul 12, 2012
    The Water Horse: Legend of the Derp is a much precise title, this film is plain stupid, what's the point of having a boy with bad acting unbelievably raised a Loch Ness monster Not heart warming at all, just simple stujpidity.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2011
    A real family that deals with friendships in a realistic fashion. The Water Horse isn't just a cute little creature. It starts off that way, with a number of comical scenes involving a baby monster. It soon turns a lot darker, where the monster is truly a wild creature and capable of great harm. The film holds up as we wonder if the friendship between Angus and monster will hold up. A lot of the film was rather slow, as it took a while to get anywhere. We are given some repetitive scenes, such as baths for the monster, and at least 2 chases involving the monster and dog. I also wasn't a fan of the movie being told as a story. It gave off a creepy vibe from Brian Cox, like he just sits in the pub all day rambling on. The CGI creature is very consistent, and the action scenes do have some dread to them. A nice watch for families, that doesn't patronize nor embarrass.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    it was a wonderful film, with great story, effects, characters, and drama.
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    Great kids classic that I will remember for a long time! I saw it for 2 dollars at some cheap holiday special screening, but I would have paid full price for this wonderful film!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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