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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For about an hour of its running time, The Magic of Belle Isle seems like a tiresome, sentimental and slow-moving story about a grumpy old man redeemed by the sweet spirit of a rural town and by the nice family that lives next door. But no, it's even worse than that. show more

  • 50

    As sticky-sweet and textureless as a bowl of pudding, though an amused central performance from star Morgan Freeman continually finds nuance and the unexpected where there ultimately isn't any. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The Magic of Belle Isle is a warm, human, feel-good experience about bringing out the best in people, one that brings out Morgan Freeman's best performance in years. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Even in an underwritten role, the delightful Madsen shines in her best performance since her comeback role in "Sideways." show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    This gooey reteaming of Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman is crammed tight with baldly manipulative elements, its tearjerker quota busting at the seams. show more

  • 70
    Pete Hammond Boxoffice Magazine

    Reiner has crafted the perfect summer film in The Magic Of Belle Isle. No, not one with a lot of noise and battles and comic book heroes, but rather a wonderfully laid back family story set around a gorgeous lake, about the everyday problems of real people from 7 to 70. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Though the story's wrapped-with-a-bow finale is never in doubt-ol' Meathead remains a populist, pandering Hollywood man through and through-Belle Isle still manages to cast enough of an enchanting spell. show more

  • 40
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    Freeman is back in Reiner's latest, The Magic of Belle Isle, which has all the pathos and saccharine of "The Bucket List" but little of the humor. It's earnest, predictable and disposable. show more

  • 50
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A crotchety, alcoholic, wheelchair-bound coot played on cruise control by Morgan Freeman learns these recycled lessons in a pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Ms. Madsen, radiant and tousled, without a trace of narcissism, conveys maternal devotion, undaunted courage and a serene sensuality. Real, if idealized, grown-ups: We haven't seen them much in the movies lately, but here they are. show more

  • July 27, 2013 hm2craft
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    A must-see for writers. Heart-warming story. Great characters.

  • July 29, 2012 mrymroberts
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    Really enjoyed this movie. Just beautful scenery and pleasant, funny summer fun.

  • July 18, 2012 Leah
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    One of the best Socially Redeeming movies I have seen in years. Mr. Freeman , as far as I am concerned, has never been in a movie, that didn\'t allow me to be disappointed in any way. He , himself, is an example of a \"Socially Redeeming\" Man. I met Mr. Freeman, by chance, in a little town where filming was being done, and his was a gracious, kind, considerate person, of the locals. And welcomed their presence.

  • July 16, 2012 pineypete
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    Great coming of age movie.

  • July 15, 2012 iy00000000127021
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    This movie is fantastic! Morgan Freeman does it again; playing a stellar leading character that captivates the audience while teaching a lesson in transformation. All rest of the cast equally does an amazing job with great acting that warms the heart and inspires the soul. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone of all ages; it\'s a real family movie. Don\'t listen to the critics and SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!

  • July 06, 2012 joannwadsworth
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    This is a very good movie, the kind where you come out of the threatre feeling good, relaxed, contented and know that your money was not wasted. Every day life told in many ways each person can relate to in some way. The cast did a great job.

  • July 05, 2012 tom
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    I\'m \"Freemaned\" out. OK actor, but he is in everything you see. Need a new face in some of these movies. Like Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, etc, seem to be the same guy in every character.

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