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Aquamarine Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

… cinematic equivalent of a high-pitched squeal. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    51

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is awfully sweet. The young actresses playing eighth-graders look their age, for once, and have an unstudied charm.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    That everything gets worked out -- friendship affirmed, jokes made about silly magazine articles on reeling in a boy -- is as sure as the soundtrack's inclusion of a Mandy Moore song.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Despite corny one-liners and plot developments that don't always hold water, Aquamarine rises above the flotsam filling theaters this time of year with a likable tale of friendship and charming performances.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Won't win points for originality, but the screenplay includes some snappy dialogue, smart observations, and an uplifting message about the importance of friendship.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A bright and breezy tween fantasy romantic comedy that coasts along on its charming performances and the light comedic touch of first-time feature director Elizabeth Allen.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Girls and a mermaid learn about love. Charming.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film concerns a mermaid's search for "love" among humans, and the comedy involves teenaged flirting, sexual tensions, and giddy girl behavior. Mermaid wears tight outfits, audacious girls appear in bikinis, and the "good girls" dress like tomboys. Girls read teen magazines about how to attract boys, the favorite boy is objectified in slow motion (reference to typical objectification of girls). Characters discuss sex and bodies (breasts, implants) and use mild profanity. Tense family situations include discussion of a girl's parents' drowning, another girl's parents' divorce, and an upcoming move, threatening to split up the girls' friendship. Very brief scare scene during a rainstorm.

  • Families can talk about the girls' friendship. How do Claire and Hailey help each other cope with extraordinary trauma and ordinary "growing pains"? How does their relationship change as they compete for boys' attention? How do they deal with Hailey's imminent move to Australia?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Excellent "message" at film's end: Girls' friendship and love are more intimate, trusting, and lasting than romance.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some stormy imagery (indicating mermaid's father's anger).

  • sex false0

    Sex: Minor kissing, flirting, worries about a date for the big party; mermaid wants to discover "true love" with human boy.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional use of mild language ("bitch").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Morton salt, teen dating magazines.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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