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  • Summary: Following a violent storm, a beautiful and sassy mermaid named Aquamarine washes ashore and into the lives of two best friends about to be parted at summer's end. When Aquamarine falls for a local, hunky lifeguard, she enlists the girls' help to win his heart and in exchange offers to grantFollowing a violent storm, a beautiful and sassy mermaid named Aquamarine washes ashore and into the lives of two best friends about to be parted at summer's end. When Aquamarine falls for a local, hunky lifeguard, she enlists the girls' help to win his heart and in exchange offers to grant the girls one wish. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Result is an unusually likeable family-friendly comedy.
  3. Despite corny one-liners and plot developments that don't always hold water, Aquamarine rises above the flotsam filling theaters this time of year with a likable tale of friendship and charming performances.
  4. This is a totally predictable exercise if you're not in the target market.
  5. 50
    Aquamarine is better than nothing for its woefully underserved audience.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Aside from an inspired bit involving a pair of sycophantic starfish, it's amazing how unimaginative a movie about a mermaid can be, and it's sad how thoroughly its girl-power stylings devolve into a muddle of mixed messages.
  7. It would seem that Allen and screenwriters John Quaintance and Jessica Bendinger couldn't decide between making a movie about the summer that 'tweens become teens or "Scenes From a Mal"l for the MTV set.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Joanie
    Mar 12, 2006
    10
    I laughed, I cried and I had a very entertaining time.
  2. PrudenceK.
    Jul 29, 2006
    10
    An absolute masterpiece! Direction, writing, technicals... but the acting! Everyone was superb. But Sara Paxton in particular gave one of the An absolute masterpiece! Direction, writing, technicals... but the acting! Everyone was superb. But Sara Paxton in particular gave one of the best performances I have ever seen. Subtle, heartbreaking, raw, real, emotional... if she doesn't win the Oscar it will be a huge travesty. Easily the performance of the decade, but I would go further and say it is the best performance of all time. Expand
  3. AlonaM.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    This movie is really amazing and full of fun.. it shows how important the friendship is... i really really love it!!! you rock!!!
  4. Jul 3, 2013
    5
    Emma Roberts, Jojo, and Sara Paxton are pretty good as the leads, but overall, Aquamarine is one of those films that can best be described asEmma Roberts, Jojo, and Sara Paxton are pretty good as the leads, but overall, Aquamarine is one of those films that can best be described as mediocre. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2015
    4
    Predictable young teenage stuff going on. Flirting with the boys, being an outcast and meeting mermaids. We've all been there. Despite thePredictable young teenage stuff going on. Flirting with the boys, being an outcast and meeting mermaids. We've all been there. Despite the whole mermaid angle, it's surprisingly devoid of any magic or fantasy. Bruce Spence has a nice unpredictable role, that he does a lot with in his limited screen time. Manages to hold your attention, even if it doesn't quite entertain. Expand
  6. Zal
    Jan 13, 2012
    4
    I didn't expect to like this movie and, lo and behold, I didn't. The dialogue is unbearably stupid, the premise is executed poorly, theI didn't expect to like this movie and, lo and behold, I didn't. The dialogue is unbearably stupid, the premise is executed poorly, the characters are generic and boring the acting is mediocre at best and...I'm sorry but mermaids can just grow legs whenever they come on land? Are you kidding? All the negative reviews I've read talk about how ugly the main two actresses are. First of all, even if you don't find them that attractive, that's a very petty reason for not liking them. And secondly, I think they're pretty. My beef with them is that their acting in this film is bad.
    Technically, I should hate this movie, but I don't. Know why? Because, damn it, it has an incredible ending! That climax is one of the best I have ever seen. I can easily say that I did not see it coming. It actually worked well. And while it does not make up for the other flaws that this movie has, I still thought it was brilliant.
    I've read the short story that this was based on and even though it has been a while and I do not remember all of the details, I found it to be more compelling. For one thing, Aquamarine can't just sprout legs whenever she wants. She's stuck as a mermaid, so both girls place her in a wheelchair and cover her tail. This is a pretty clever idea. I also didn't find the two leads to be that aggravating. Also, the motivation for helping Aqua is different. In the book, the girls are worried that Aqua will die if they don't get her to the ocean in time but she does not want to leave until she spends time with Raymon, so the girls agree to set up a date. In the movie, the motivation is more selfish. Keeping up with the BS mythology, if you help a mermaid, you get a wish, and their wish is to stop one of them from moving. In the book, both girls are in a similar predicament when one of them has to move but they work through it.
    Overall, the movie is dumb and not well made but It has a great ending. Go read the short story. I have to see if I can dig it up.
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  7. AlexaR.
    Mar 1, 2006
    0
    Emma Roberts and JoJo are so ugly and can't act ! The only reason that Emma is in films is because she is related to Julia Roberts, and Emma Roberts and JoJo are so ugly and can't act ! The only reason that Emma is in films is because she is related to Julia Roberts, and I don't even know how JoJo made it big because she can't sing. Waste of time and money! Do not see! I'm still waiting for real young talent to come to Hollywood, instead I get this crap! Expand

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