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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    You leave Lady thinking there are still voices in Shyamalan's head well worth a listen. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Has the strengths and weaknesses of a one-man show. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The character played by lead Paul Giamatti is a dead-on Shyamalan protagonist: emotionally distanced and something of a train wreck. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This cloying piece of claptrap sets a high-water mark for pomposity, condescension, false profundity and true turgidity -- no small accomplishment for the man whose last two features were the deadly duo "Signs" and "The Village." show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Lady in the Water boasts an eclectic cast - almost entirely squandered. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Lady, like all of Shyamalan's movies, is a slick production with consistently interesting visuals... But the story is so convoluted and ultimately preposterous that you're almost embarrassed by the earnestness of the actors trying to carry it off. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Shyamalan does project genuine menace and suspense into this mundane location, especially in nighttime scenes. But the magic that would transport you from reality into fantasy is missing. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    There is a good chunk of Lady in the Water that is simply too well made and affectingly acted to dismiss as a mere exercise in arrogance. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It lacks the simplicity and resonance of classic fairy tales: It's so muddled and belabored, it's hard to imagine the tykes ever staying awake long enough to hear how it all turned out. show more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune

    The film is a rogue hunk of hooey. show more

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