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Fantasy . Romance . Family . Comedy

Two teenage girls discover that mermaids really do exist after a violent storm washes one ashore. The mermaid, a sassy creature named Aquamarine, is determined to prove to her father that real love exists, and enlists the girls' help in winning the heart of a handsome lifeguard.

Actors: Tammin Sursok , Bruce Spence , Claudia Karvan , Arielle Kebbel , Jake McDorman , Sara Paxton , Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque , Emma Roberts , Roy Billing , Julia Blake
Directors: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Release: 2006-03-03
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  • Ruthe Stein

    The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Undemanding, unsurprising and really quite charming within conventional limits, Elizabeth Allen’s tween-coming-of-age feature debut is as realist as can be, given that, of the three nice Florida girls who need to grow up in the movie, the eponymous heroine (Sara Paxton) is a high-achieving blond mermaid with vaguely feminist leanings, a twitchy blue tail and the comic timing of an up-and-coming Cameron Diaz.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Result is an unusually likeable family-friendly comedy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Refreshingly, the movie never wavers in the importance it places on friendship over just about anything else.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    It's not the best "Little Mermaid" movie - it's totally predictable and its trio of tweeners squeal at a pitch that could break glass. But it's also a bubbly confection about best friends, crushes on preening lifeguards, grrrl power and shades-of-blue fashion tips.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    It's high-spirited, innocent fun.

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Unique because it's the rare movie that fiercely respects the altruistic loyalty that bonds girls to one another.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • 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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    This fantasy comedy should entertain its pre-teen female market – and repel those silly superficial boys (swoon).

    Empire Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Paxton isn't quite as magnetic as a movie mermaid ought to be, but the two buddies are a treat to watch, especially Ms. Roberts, showing the genes of her Aunt Julia.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    This is a totally predictable exercise if you're not in the target market.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Like its title heroine, it's sparkly, pretty and flirty--but often all wet.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Aside from an inspired bit involving a pair of sycophantic starfish, it's amazing how unimaginative a movie about a mermaid can be, and it's sad how thoroughly its girl-power stylings devolve into a muddle of mixed messages.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Simultaneously salacious and sugary.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film robs mermaids of everything exotic and remarkable about them in mythology.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Winda Benedetti

    If "Splash" was a movie for grownups and "The Little Mermaid" was a film for kids, it's safe to say that the latest flick to feature a mermaid is aimed directly at those who are neither adults nor children, but rather lost somewhere in that awkward middle zone in between.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Gregg Rickman

    Aquamarine will likely please its undemanding tween audience--especially if today's kids are as unsavvy a crew as 20th Century Fox seems to think.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Aquamarine is better than nothing for its woefully underserved audience.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The story has its hokey moments ("There's something very fishy about that girl"), but the sincerity and focus of the storytelling compensate.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Adapted (and significantly reshaped) from a young-adult book by novelist Alice Hoffman, Aquamarine has the tossed-off quality of an ABC Family TV movie. Its lessons come pre-digested.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    But for what it is, I think it's pretty okay. It's not going to win an Oscar or anything. But I liked how it was actually made for tween girls.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Gregg Rickman

    The film's true focus is the friendship between the two girls, although this tends to get lost between Elizabeth Allen's jittery direction and the screenplay's contrivances.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    It would seem that Allen and screenwriters John Quaintance and Jessica Bendinger couldn't decide between making a movie about the summer that 'tweens become teens or "Scenes From a Mal"l for the MTV set.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
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