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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 29, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 7, 2008
[A] disappointing mixed bag.
December 26, 2007
A rich, mostly tender fairy tale.
December 26, 2007
A tepid, CGI-enhanced family movie that should delight 6-year-olds with a lap full of popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 26, 2007
What makes The Water Horse different is its sophisticated, wraparound story, which initially seems at odds with a computer-generated sea-beast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2007
The film is a triumph of empathy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2007
Maybe the best thing about this cute pet movie is that the kids won't be able to talk you into picking one up on the way home from the theater.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 26, 2007
Few kid films manage to assemble this much ambition alongside this much sincere, sweet emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2007
It's a little corny and somewhat overlong, but a sweet sensibility and stirring adventure scenes make The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep a welcome gift for anyone looking to keep kids entertained over the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2007
The film is what family entertainment ought to be, but so rarely is: a ripping good adventure, a parable about childhood and maturity, and a romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2007
The Water Horse moves along at a dutiful clip, engaging us without transporting us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2007
Many lonely children yearn for a pet to call their own. In The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, a boy finds not only that, but a best friend as well.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2007
Parents, forget about those warbling mischievous chipmunks. If you want to take the kids on a delightful animal adventure that you will enjoy as much as they do, go see The Water Horse.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 26, 2007
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a Christmas surprise, a charming family film that skips the sugar coating to create a believable bond between a boy and a beast.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 26, 2007
...the film looks grand. A little too grand for the sappy proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2007
The average 12-year-old will find it slow and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 26, 2007
What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution.
December 25, 2007
Adapted with charming dispatch from the Dick King-Smith story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2007
You can't deny the solid performances, the meticulous period detail and, most importantly, the way it refuses to talk down to young audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2007
In an era when pop-culture onslaughts are more fashionable, family movies of this quality are hard to find.
December 25, 2007
A sweet, familiar story, beautifully filmed and lovingly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2007
Director Jay Russell grounds the fantasy in serious drama, with enough slapstick to keep it from getting too scary for tots.
December 25, 2007
Like most British family films, Water Horse doesn't dumb down its young characters or insult the intelligence of the audience. It has a lot of sly humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2007
No surprises, really, just a nice-looking movie with good digital effects and a cute kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2007
The story is clever and heartwarming enough for the film to work on some level for adults and children (although it skews younger). Plus, the CGI work is competently done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2007
It all plays out as you know it must, right down to [Brian] Cox's narrative revelation at the end, but that doesn't diminish the sense of satisfaction this gratifying family entertainment delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2007
It declines to take itself seriously, yet manages, sometimes simultaneously, to be exciting, instructive, cheerfully absurd and genuinely affecting.
December 20, 2007
The best kiddie picture of the season -- and, along with Ratatouille, of the year.
December 13, 2007
Family films that won't make adults gag are always in short supply, so a pleasing British fantasy, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, is a welcome addition to the holiday season.
December 13, 2007
Though it strikes some predictable coming-of-age notes, this moving, well-wrought adventure should appeal to fans of E.T. and Carroll Ballard.
December 12, 2007
The star of this Scottish fable, about the mythical Loch Ness monster, looks like a raw chicken breast with teeth when he hatches.
Full Review | Original Score: C-