Lady In The Water

Lady In The Water

Lady In The Water
Shyamalan's follow-up from the laughable 'The Village'.

Fairytale style story begins with an animated sequence introducing the film's "ancient myths", then follows Cleveland Heep (great name, played by the brilliant Giamatti), superintendent of The Cove apartment complex. The lady in question, Story (Howard), is a "Narf" - a sea nymph from "The Blue World" who has taken up residence in the swimming pool of the Cove apartments. Cleveland discovers Story and takes it upon himself to help the nymph fulfill her mission and return home, a task that requires the aid of various tenants. Throughout, Story is in danger of attack by another "Blue World" visitor, the "Scrunt", a werewolf-like creature thing.
2006Rating: PG, contains supernatural themes110 minsUSA
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Lady In The Water / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A ponderous, self-indulgent bedtime tale. Awkwardly positioned, this gloomy thic fantasy falls well short of horror... Vindication is rarely as swift or complete as that likely awaiting the Disney execs who passed on M. Night Shyamalan's latest effort "Lady in the Water." After Disney balked, the director carted the project to Burbank neighbor Warner Bros., then lambasted his former studio for a lack of vision in a tie-in, tell-some book. Disney's misgivings were well founded, as Shyamalan has followed "The Village" with another disappointment...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then it enthusiastically rises to the task. In a movie laden with symbolism, shamanism and mythic, Shyamalan never forgets to have fun...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Has the strengths and weaknesses of a one-man show... That a movie so riddled with relentless plot explanation can work as well as this one does comes as a revelation...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

An unconvincing myth that lacks the Shyamalan magic...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

Utterly lacking in the thrills and chills that Shyamalan made his name with, this feeble fable may prove to be his Waterloo, or should that be his Waterworld? Whatever you do this weekend: Don't go into the water...

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

The film is a rogue hunk of hooey...

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