Despite the name, the movie has no connection with Belle Isle in Richmond, Virginia.
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Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) is a famous Westernnovelist whose struggle to cope with the death of his wife six years earlier has sapped his passion for writing, and has caused him to begin drinking heavily. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door—an attractive single mother (Madsen) and her young daughters, who help him find inspiration again.
The Magic of Belle Isle was filmed in the village of Greenwood Lake, New York in July 2011.
The Magic of Belle Isle received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 30%, based on 33 reviews, with a rating of 4.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18 2012, and is currently available on Netflix Streaming.