YMMV / Lady in the Water


  • Creator's Pet: Vick, to a T; heck, he's even played by Shamalyan himself!
  • Designated Villain: Farber the critic. We're supposed to dislike him, because what kind of person would be so arrogant as to presume the intention of another human being? Except that he didn't. When Cleveland asked him about who he should look for to fill the various roles, he expressed it as a hypothetical question and Farber only gave qualities he'd expect the person to have. Cleveland was the one who actually chose the people.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The critic, whom many viewers consider the only likeable character in the whole movie. It's quite ironic, given the effort to make him an unlikable jerk.
    • Also Story, but that's mainly because she's played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who was also a bright spot on M. Night's previous film, The Village.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Vick's Cookbook is supposed to inspire a Midwesterner with prodigious oratorical gifts to become President of the United States. Two years and change later, guess who was elected to the presidency from relative obscurity in Illinois?
  • Hype Backlash: One of the reasons the film fared so poorly was the audience getting tired with Shyamalan's formulas and Mandatory Twist Endings. The other was trying way too hard to agitate film critics. The film was considered as the point when Shyamalan's career hit the bottom... until he made The Happening and The Last Airbender.
  • Love It or Hate It: To be fair, the movie does have positive reviews (if Amazon has anything to go by) despite being considered by others to be one of M. Night Shyamalan's weakest films (before The Visit revived his career).
  • Moe: Obviously Story, a shy and innocent outsider who bonds with one of our heroes in the film.
  • Narm: Did somebody say "NARF!"?
    • The kid who predicts the future by interpreting cereal boxes.
  • Purity Sue: Vick.