Magic in the Water
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Orky is very concerned with the environment and can repair relationships between parents and children. But Orky cannot save this movie."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"[A] mildly entertaining fantasy."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"'Magic in the Water' will probably appeal mostly to viewers who crave unsophisticated family-oriented entertainment, not matter how hokey it is."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Free Willy and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial are the obvious inspirations for Magic in the Water, a tepid family fantasy that replaces those child-friendly creatures for a sort of Canadian Loch Ness Monster."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"On the minus side are a heavy-handed dose of political correctness and a needless flight into dubious whimsy in an already fanciful situation."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"A film likely to delight only the youngest moviegoers."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"While it's amusing for the younger set, an adult outing to Magic in the Water, like my search for Nessie, might benefit from a few shots of magic water en route."
‑ Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle
"If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Director Rick Stevenson and co-writer Icel Dobell Massey tell their fanciful story with an appreciable amount of wit and imagination."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The result is a slice of delightful escapism that will enchant children and entertain parents as well."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"You can probably see this movie without doing any major damage, but you and yours will have much more fun reading together from the collected works of Dr. Seuss."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"If dying of boredom was possible, this movie would be lethal."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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