The Water Man

critic Reviews

, 80% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert DanielsPolygon
    The well-executed components support the fairy tale when the tale itself runs short.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Water Man" is a sensitive coming of age story about loss, friendship and the need to believe in magic, and Oyelowo proves himself to be a gifted storyteller with a big imagination.
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    Carlos AguilarLos Angeles Times
    The end result, "The Water Man," while not altogether graceless, registers as tonally disjointed and ultimately inconsequential in spite of its star-fronted cast.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    This family-friendly monster movie will delight kids, move adults...
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    Children absorb everything, good and bad, all the stresses, heartbreak, anxiety of the adults around them. Children can handle the difficult things. Oyelowo knows this and respects it.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    Actor David Oyelowo makes a heartfelt directing debut in a PG adventure about a boy (Lonnie Chavez) in search of a mythic creature who might save his dying mother. Even when the pace drags, the film is a gift for family audiences.
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    Luke ParkerVoiceBoxOffice
    A story about humanity that isn't afraid to challenge its younger audiences' hearts and minds. However, the way the film opens the curtain on imagination prevents Oyelowo from fully producing the same kind of '80s Hollywood adventure he set out to make.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    It's a sweet fantasy family drama involving such things as mom dying from leukemia, an urban legend and an aspiring artist son.
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    Don Shanahan25YL (25 Years Later)
    "The Water Man" is a valuable discourse for bridging teens and adults together to engage with current and impending despair they may feel in their lives.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    This sharply crafted directorial debut is an enchanting fantasy whose characters are grounded in gritty reality.
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