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Lady In the Water

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

M. Night Shyamalan

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About the Movie

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Giamatti) rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 213
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 160
  • Average Rating: 4.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The movie is a muddle, burdened with too many characters and a sorry lack of thrills, flair and coherence. Yet Shyamalan's talent is real. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: With his work beginning to seem as insular as the communities he's imagining, Shyamalan really needs to try directing someone else's screenplay. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The story is so convoluted and ultimately preposterous that you're almost embarrassed by the earnestness of the actors trying to carry it off. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: An act of spectacular (if unwitting) self-immolation. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I love M. Night Syamalan! All of his movies are excellent, with great plots, character developement, and incredible twists (especially at the ends). Some people I know found this movie to be one of their least favorites, but many say it was excellent, as do I. I would give it 6 stars if that were an option. Very unique. Enjoy watching!

Unlike many others...

Though I know that many avid M. Night Shyamalan fans absolutely abhor this movie, I very much enjoyed it. Though it is not scary as it was advertised as being, it was a clever bed time story with several comical moments, and a tad bit of suspense. Likewise, the movie can easily be watched more than once, I find myself watching it, and still seeing things that I hadn't noticed before, and still being entertained. So, if you are looking for a scary, horror movie, this one isn't for you. But, if you enjoy a light hearted, witty, and semi-suspenseful plot with clever twists, this is the one.

Least understood

This is one of his best and least understood films. If you are a fan of M. Night's films then the meaning and subtext will not be lost one you; he is a very spiritual man and it shows in his work.

In my opinion this film is well shot, written, and directed. The casting is spot-on, and location is perfect.

Some people like to compare one of his films to another, but you can't do that with M. Nights work. Each one is a progression of spiritual growth and understanding. Each stands alone. Each one a jewel to be savored again and again.

Lady in the Water is a wonderful addition to his directorial work.

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