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Deep Water Reviews

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Blake French
August 2, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
I do think the movie loses focus at times, but nevertheless, this is a pretty interesting story into madness.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
January 4, 2008
The details just get stranger and stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 8, 2007
As a portrait of obsession, competition and, finally, delusion, Deep Water is haunting and engrossing, and one of the best nonfiction movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 3, 2007
As directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell, the movie breezes along at a highly watchable clip, thanks to fluid, affecting intercutting of archival, black-and-white footage and present-day interviews.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 2, 2007
This is fascinating stuff... that would be better served by a magazine article or book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
October 26, 2007
The film evokes a visceral understanding of solitude at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
October 25, 2007
Deeply researched and compellingly presented, Deep Water is as much about one man's misadventures on the ocean as it is about loneliness, desperation and the danger of dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2007
Not merely a documentary portrait, but an engrossing drama with more twists and turns than your average thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 11, 2007
This is pretty heady stuff, and it's constantly enthralling, particularly for something that has to use so much second-hand information.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 6, 2007
This well crafted and engaging documentary is a ripping yarn of a man's mansize adventure going horribly wrong.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 28, 2007
...the less said about this film the better. It's that good.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marc Mohan
September 21, 2007
This was a story that made front pages in its day but has been largely lost to history, and now is brought bracingly and compellingly back to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
Some beautiful shots give unexpected texture to the film, such as an underwater capture of a boat from below, with prisms of light surrounding it. And its final image is a quiet heartbreaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 20, 2007
With the discovery of films and audiotape from the first solo, non-stop nautical race around the globe, Deep Water promises to take us where we have never been.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 15, 2007
This isn't primarily an adventure story, though it's very suspenseful; it's first and foremost a profoundly sad tale of human frailty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Beth Accomando
September 14, 2007
But more startling are the original tape recordings and 16mm films made by the solitary competitors as they spent more than ten months alone trying to sail around the globe.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
For this gripping and amazing documentary, such truth emerges not just from the facts, but also the poetry of men who redefine themselves in a risky race on small sailboats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 12, 2007
It is a sad, finely crafted documentary that must not be missed, if you call yourself a real film buff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
September 11, 2007
...a compelling portrait of a man who is terminally befuddled and ends up abandoning his wife and children because he can't face the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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