Lady In The Water

Lady In The Water

(2006)
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.

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BY Jashezilla superstar

Read so many reviews saying that this movie sucks, but surprisingly, it's probably one of my favorite Shyamalan films. Awesome characters, a thought-out story and at its heart, a film about love, heartbreak and forgiveness.


BY PJS2455 superstar

Like Shyamalan's recent Village & the alien one which I forget the name (with Mel Gibson)... Lady In The Water sinks further into self-indulgence. Whilst having the odd scare and some nice scenes, the overall impact is weak and unbelievable. Sappy.


This movie is FRICKIN AWESOME.


Wheres my white hatchback!?


Quite wet in places but interesting in a placid sort of way. Not many ripples on the water but didnt drown in complicated plot. A movie to see when you feel like something kind of mellow.


Another incredible and touching movie from M. Night Shyamalan.

The story is in constant danger of becoming silly and cheesy, but fortunately it manages to stay compelling thoughout.

This is what the magic of watching a movie should feel like.


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The Press Reviews

  • The film is a rogue hunk of hooey... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • An unconvincing myth that lacks the Shyamalan magic... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review