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  • Summary: Reuniting with his director from the hit film, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door—an attractive single mom and her young daughters—who help him find inspiration again. (Magnolia) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jul 2, 2012
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 5, 2012
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 3, 2012
    50
    With graceless melodramatist Rob Reiner at the helm, it's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 5, 2012
    50
    It has some heartfelt performances and a nice, nondescript vibe, but it's largely unmemorable.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 4, 2012
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 4, 2012
    16
    For a movie that spends so much time extolling the virtues of the imagination to show so little of its own is more than ironic - it's offensive.

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