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Two teenagers think they have problems until they come to the rescue of a girl with a fishy story to tell in this teen-oriented comedy. Thirteen-year-old Claire (Emma Roberts) and same-aged Hailey (Joanne "JoJo" Levesque) are two close friends living in Tampa, FL, who are facing a separation in a few weeks -- Claire's mother is a marine biologist who has been given a prestigious new job in Australia, meaning the girls are not likely to see much of each other again. While the girls wonder if there's anything they can do to avoid the inevitable, a storm breaks out and the waves… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"Unfortunately, the performances are often clunky and the art direction and CG are wanting, so anyone over the age of eight is likely to find it cheap around the edges. One for very little mermaids."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Kids seem to love the recognizable 'tween stars, but for the rest of us it's sort of like the cotton-candy scene%u2014we're not sure whether to eat it or rub our faces in it."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Sci-Fi Weekly
"This fantasy comedy should entertain its pre-teen female market -- and repel those silly superficial boys (swoon)."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"This movie, in fact, is all about conformity."
‑ Gregg Rickman, Village Voice
"Aquamarine isn't good enough to be a teen classic, but its audience will leave the theater happy."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Director Elizabeth Allen sets a nicely easy-breezy tone for Aquamarine, but her comic timing is sometimes shaky and she sadly cannot overcome the weaknesses of the script."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"As shameless as trashy cookie-cutter studios movies will ever get."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"This is when my job feels like work."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This film is entirely harmless. It's utterly forgettable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Like its title character, Allen's choppy and inconsistent film has two speeds, ditsy or sentimental, and never gathers momentum."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie scores a major victory in reaching its audience with the all-too-important message that they are fine just the way they are."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"The performances are charming, particularly JoJo Levesque, who is rapidly becoming the new Lindsay Lohan (only in a good way)."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"if you aren't expecting much, Aquamarine isn't an utterly awful way to spend an afternoon"
‑ Christopher Null,
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