The Water Man

critic Reviews

, 79% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Heartfelt, but overwrought and overplayed throughout.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's such a winning earnestness to it that I think [director David Oyelowo] comes by honestly.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    The Water Man feels a little watered-down even by the standards of its genre, with somewhat less heft than the old Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, which created a classy environment to sell greeting cards woven into the drama.
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    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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    Sandie Angulo ChenCommon Sense Media
    Lots of family films focus on silly, easy laughs, but this one is like a thoughtful middle-grade novel come to life.
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    Jeffrey LylesLyles' Movie Files
    It's easy to like and appreciate The Water Man even if those feelings never truly flow to love.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    Lonnie Chavis and Amiah Miller are the film's biggest assets with convincing performances as their characters deal with real-life issues of loss and abuse. A wonderful adventure for the whole family.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    The Water Man is an engaging, creative family drama with flashes of fantasy.
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