Lady in the Water
Lady in the Water (2006)

A modest building manager named Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers.… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A far-fetched story with little suspense and unconvincing scenarios, Lady In The Water feels contrived, pretentious, and rather silly.

Roger Ebert

[Perhaps it's] improvised and protracted, nonsensically and unnecessarily, just for the sake of stringing us along. And, maybe, putting us to sleep.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The story is so convoluted and ultimately preposterous that you're almost embarrassed by the earnestness of the actors trying to carry it off.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Once again Shyamalan is a maddening storyteller, by turns inspired and insipid, and he still manages to conjure some odd, unnerving moments.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

What was [Shyamalan] thinking? This isn't just duff, it's career-threatening catastrophic.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

In the end, Shyamalan's stumbling Lady never gives us a reason to believe.

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Fernando F. Croce

Peevishly defensive, intransigently personal and serenely indifferent to critical (and audience) reaction

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

despite the childlike nature of the story, Lady in the Water will prove too confusing for most kids, which is a shame, since they're also the ones most like to greet that giant-eagle business with something other than a derisive laugh.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Crazy as this might sound, it turns out that self-indulgent ramblings designed to put your children to sleep are pretty much the opposite of art.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While the film's performances are intriguing and the direction tight, Shyamalan's fairytale ends up being more interesting than the actual film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Talk about a director losing his touch! "Lady in the Water" is a very simple story about a mythical woman who rises from the water. Discovered by an… More
Jameson Worley
One of the few M. Night Shyamalan films that I enjoy. Some of the acting was a bit ridiculous though.
Lucas Martins
Offensive for the critics, the director put himself in a role, where he is a future hero for the world that write beautiful things and Bob Balaban's role… More
Matt Goodman
Another disaster from M. Night Shyamalan. Grade: F
Chris Weber
Okay, so this isn't quite the complete and utter failure that I had been led to believe that it was...but still, it is pretty bad. The film is basically a… More
Conner Rainwater
I think it's a good movie regardless of what most people say. It's sort've like an urban fairytale and is very successful at capturing a… More