Magic in the Water
Magic in the Water (1995)

A divorced father and his two children take a vacation in a cabin near a lake, supposedly the home of a giant sea monster. Naturally, the kids are soon trying to convince their father that they have in fact seen the beast in this upbeat,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

[A] mildly entertaining fantasy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Orky isn't shown until near the end, and then only briefly. At first, I thought this was an attempt to build suspense, but after a while, I began to suspect that the high cost of sea-monster footage was the real explanation.

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Daniel Etherington
Film4

A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

Director Rick Stevenson and co-writer Icel Dobell Massey tell their fanciful story with an appreciable amount of wit and imagination.

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David Aldridge
Radio Times

The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
Very good made-for-tv film from the mid-90s. I've always been fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster, and this reminded me of that, with a great family movie… More