The Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Serena Donadoni

There's a comforting inevitability to The Magic of Belle Isle, as an alcoholic author spends a soothing, rejuvenating summer in a sleepy lakeside village.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Clayton Davis

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

If this were real life and not a movie, Mr. Wildhorn would be written off as a crank and ostracized within a week.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

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.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

It's earnest, predictable and disposable.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Uninspiring sentimental inspirational pic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
This is a hidden gem from director Rob Reiner, reconnecting him with Morgan Freeman from The Bucket List. If you enjoyed that film, you'll probably like… More
Everett Johnson
Rob Reiner is a good at taking adult themes, and turning them into good family orientated films. "Stand By Me" is my favorite Reiner movie, as I grew… More
Cynthia S.
Sweet, charming movie Rob Reiner style. Many chuckle moments that I got a kick out of, especially with the character Carl. Morgan Freeman is wonderful, as… More
Sol C
Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen's performances are the best reason to watch this film. They shine in the film and have a great on screen chemistry.… More
jay nixon
Comic drama that can best be described as nice, Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen make it seem better than it is.