63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
There is a good chunk of Lady in the Water that is simply too well made and affectingly acted to dismiss as a mere exercise in arrogance.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Shyamalan does project genuine menace and suspense into this mundane location, especially in nighttime scenes. But the magic that would transport you from reality into fantasy is missing.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Lady, like all of Shyamalan's movies, is a slick production with consistently interesting visuals... But the story is so convoluted and ultimately preposterous that you're almost embarrassed by the earnestness of the actors trying to carry it off.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You leave Lady thinking there are still voices in Shyamalan's head well worth a listen.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has the strengths and weaknesses of a one-man show.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Lady in the Water boasts an eclectic cast - almost entirely squandered.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Shyamalan's most alienating and self-absorbed project to date.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The character played by lead Paul Giamatti is a dead-on Shyamalan protagonist: emotionally distanced and something of a train wreck.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
It lacks the simplicity and resonance of classic fairy tales: It's so muddled and belabored, it's hard to imagine the tykes ever staying awake long enough to hear how it all turned out.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This cloying piece of claptrap sets a high-water mark for pomposity, condescension, false profundity and true turgidity -- no small accomplishment for the man whose last two features were the deadly duo "Signs" and "The Village."
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36 out of 100
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