The Magic of Belle Isle
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The Magic of Belle Isle
Reuniting with director Rob Reiner from the hit film, The Bucket List, Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door-an attractive single mom (Madsen) and her young daughters-who help him find inspiration again. -- (C) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If this were real life and not a movie, Mr. Wildhorn would be written off as a crank and ostracized within a week."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"All we're left with is an uneven story that could have landed on "Best of Straight-to-DVD" shelves or the $1 bin at your local Walmart for Grandma to find."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"The problems with the dialog and story are overcome by the fact that this is a very nice, warm, romantic story with some magic in it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Probably only in theaters because ABC Family said, 'Sorry, this is a little hokey for us.'"
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"It's earnest, predictable and disposable."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Madsen, a strong actress who might have matched Freeman, is portrayed in varying shades of blandness. Even Freeman, good as his is, is held back here."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Freeman, an actor who can be fierce and disagreeable on screen and in person, is content to turn on the twinkle. Unfortunately, Reiner seems all too happy to let him."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"This is a cuddly puppy of a movie - what heart is so dark to do it violence?"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"You can quarrel with the smiley-face outcome of every ordeal, but the tenderness and optimism are so powerful and ingratiating that only a viewer with the darkest sensibility will go away untouched."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory."
‑ William Goss,
"Uninspiring sentimental inspirational pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Corny, obvious, and shallow as a puddle, it traffics in outdated stereotypes, overused cliches, and ham-handed emotions. Trust me: your 80 year-old grandmother will love this movie."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The film lacks subtlety and never misses a chance to tug at the heartstrings, gradually drowning amid all of its melodramatic contrivances."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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