Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 06, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Magic of Belle Isle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/06/12
performer
Morgan Freeman
director
Rob Reiner
distributor
Magnolia Pictures

We gave it a C

Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Don’t be bitter. Don’t shut people out. A crotchety, alcoholic, wheelchair-bound coot played on cruise control by Morgan Freeman learns these recycled lessons in a pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner. Lucky old coot — the single mother next door is pretty Virginia Madsen, and she’s raising three cute daughters in a kind of 21st-century Mayberry. C

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