The Magic of Belle Isle

06magic_span-thumbstandard After alcoholism depletes his enthusiasm for writing, celebrated author Monte Wildhorn finds his creative passion renewed when he moves to quaint Belle Isle and gets to know his next door neighbors -- a single mother and her three daughters.
HD Available
Netflix Rating: 4.1
NYT Review
“The Magic of Belle Isle," directed by Rob Reiner, stars Morgan Freeman as a drunken, once-celebrated writer whose move to a summer lakeside cabin gives him a new perspective on life. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

See all The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews

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  full review
It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic  full review
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  full review
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  full review
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  full review
So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory.
William Goss,  full review
That Freeman would be willing to settle for this, perhaps, isn't that surprising; he hasn't been interesting in breaking a sweat for awhile now. But is this really the best that director Rob Reiner can manage?
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
"The Magic of Belle Isle'' smothers two of this year's best performances - by Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen - in enough family-friendly sweetness to induce diabetic shock.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times  full review
A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
Nick Schager, Village Voice  full review
Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment.
John Anderson, Variety  full review
Similars Available on Instant
  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Available From: Oct 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 1517 people
Directed By
Rob Reiner
Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Emma Fuhrmann, Nicolette Pierini, Kenan Thompson, Fred Willard, Ash Christian, Jessica Hecht, Boyd Holbrook, Debargo Sanyal, Kevin Pollack

Related Items at