San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A bright and breezy tween fantasy romantic comedy that coasts along on its charming performances and the light comedic touch of first-time feature director Elizabeth Allen.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Unique because it's the rare movie that fiercely respects the altruistic loyalty that bonds girls to one another.
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New York Post

It's high-spirited, innocent fun.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's not the best "Little Mermaid" movie - it's totally predictable and its trio of tweeners squeal at a pitch that could break glass. But it's also a bubbly confection about best friends, crushes on preening lifeguards, grrrl power and shades-of-blue fashion tips.
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USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
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.
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By James Berardinelli
Won't win points for originality, but the screenplay includes some snappy dialogue, smart observations, and an uplifting message about the importance of friendship.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
That everything gets worked out -- friendship affirmed, jokes made about silly magazine articles on reeling in a boy -- is as sure as the soundtrack's inclusion of a Mandy Moore song.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is awfully sweet. The young actresses playing eighth-graders look their age, for once, and have an unstudied charm.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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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51 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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