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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.
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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: Rotten 29%
Critics' score: 29   Audience score: 56   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

It's earnest, predictable and disposable. full review

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

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. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

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

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

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. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

So resolutely inoffensive that it flirts with Hallmark Hall of Fame territory. full review

William Goss, Film.com

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? full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"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. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

The magic of this new movie's title emanates from the beautiful, measured performances of its stars. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

It's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own. full review

Nick Schager, Village Voice

Shaggily sentimental and a few spells short of enchantment. full review

John Anderson, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Available From: Oct 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 1484 people
Directed By
Rob Reiner
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Emma Fuhrmann, Nicolette Pierini, Kenan Thompson, Fred Willard, Ash Christian, Jessica Hecht, Boyd Holbrook, Debargo Sanyal, Kevin Pollack
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