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Lady in the Water
A modest building manager rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to...  View more >

Starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Jul 22, 2006
We went to see 'Lady in the Water' last night, by M. Night Shyamalan. I really enjoyed it!!! It was definitely fairy tale/bed time story. Of course, I love all of his works.

This one was very interesting as it has quite a number of very unique, odd and interesting characters and showed how despite how odd, and sometimes outcast, they were in the beginning, they began realize their place in life thru the story they were unknowingly living.

Yes, there were some frightening moments, but it definitely wasn't a horror movie as many may think.

The disturbing part....I bought 4 movie passes to the film. When we got to the ticket taker we discovered that I was sold 1 ticket to 'Lady it the Water' and 3 to 'Pirates' (Disney). The ticket taker said, 'Not to worry, they have been making mistakes with the tickets all day'. Hmm....odd, you just push a button and I bought 4 at one time.

This makes me wonder if they were tying to skew ticket sale counts. I mean that is part of the big controversy over this movie. Shyamalan left Disney after starting the movie because Disney wouldn't let him do the movie 'his' way even though that was part of the agreement.
Jul 28, 2006
Magical! Nice to see a movie that is a modern fairy tale. Nice to see a movie you can take your teen kids with you a both enjoy.
Jul 31, 2006
Wow! This movie was such a flop! Pardon the pun, lol. Ok, so I guess M. Night Shyamalan is losing his touch. The Village was SUCH a better movie. At least Howard Shore composed the music for the movie, lol. That brought light to the darkness...

good story + good music + really bad acting + bad graphics + tons of water = BAD MOVIE

Really, this movie could probably have been better had someone else made it... and not put such a childish touch to it. By childish, I mean humorous and innocent. The Village was so much darker feeling. Here's the deal:

Why don't they just call them MERMAIDS!? The word "narf" made them such a joke. I kept thinking Pinky and the Brain for some reason, lol. And I almost laughed out loud when they called her the "madame narf"! It was so wierd!

The whole idea of the grass dogs and tree monkies was so stupid! And the graphics were really bad.

All of the characters in the apartments were all strangely childish. Nothing about them made me like them. Each one had his/her special quirk and nothing else. It was like they weren't even real people.

The whole character of Cleveland Heep was bad. Everything from the stupid stuttering to the attitude on everything. Not to mention the guy who played him is definitely not my favorite actor...

Ok, could they possibly get someone to play Story (the mermaid) who looks any more like Ivy from the Village? I really think they might've been the same person, lol. Or at least sisters... The whole redhead, skinny girl look needs to stay in the Village.

Isn't M. Night Shyamalan's signature move to have a cameo appearance in all of his movies? In each one so far, he's made a tiny entrance and left. Not this one! He's one of the main characters!!! And he's not even a good actor! Let's hope he sees that and stays behind the camera from now on...

Well, there were a couple more things I was unhappy about, but I can't think right now. Overall, it was a poor movie. But the music was really good and the basic idea was good. I think with a lot of work, this movie could've have done much better...
Aug 15, 2006
Fairy tale movie with scary fantasy creatures. Mature "tweens" would probably enjoy it.
Oct 17, 2008
Director M. Night Shyamlan does know how to direct a scary thriller in the tration of Alfred Hitchock. "Lady in the Water" is a movie that Hitchock probaby would love to make. this is the story of a building manager who befriends a youn woman from another world. She wants to return, but one problem. A giant wolf won't let her. It's up to the residents of the apartment to figure out a way to help her. this is probaby as cloest that the film will come to a E.T.

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