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Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 10

Flow is an informative, disturbing and enthralling film that highlights a criminally underreported problem.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 4

Flow is an informative, disturbing and enthralling film that highlights a criminally underreported problem.

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Irena Salina directs this feature-length documentary about the industry and consumption of humankind's most precious resource: water. As African villages survive on potentially toxic water supplies out of sheer necessity, Salina explores how the corporate structure has come to control humanity's water supply, creating a dire situation that experts have come to refer to as the World Water Crisis. With issues of pollution, politics, and human rights all coming to a head with the issue, Salina

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Problems are addressed in a narrative progression that gets more horrendous and builds into utter despair, except for the final few words of activism and optimism.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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All of Salina's interviews and data tell a graphic story about corporate water piracy, the complicity of governments, the burden put on the poor and the scam of bottled water. But she can't quite jam it all in and still have a film that, well, flows.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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As if we didn't have enough to worry about.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Salina's film might have been stronger had it not tried to cover so many water-related issues. But there's no denying its power.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Flow makes the case against the privatization of water, which is happening in gazillions of impoverished communities around the world, not to mention North American backyards.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Far too much of the film indulges in the sort of shrill alarmism that gives environmentalism a bad name.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The documentary shows in no uncertain terms that if we continue to abuse our water supply, Earth will become uninhabitable and humankind will become extinct.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

The film makes a convincing case for better oversight of public water systems, water conservation, better water treatment systems and better control of industrial pollution which contaminates water supplies.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Before ending on a somewhat hopeful note of defiant activism, Irena Salina's globe-hopping documentary is a terrifying downer.

December 5, 2008
Kansas City Star

Although meandering at times, Flow is still a serviceable documentary spouting daunting informational facts and figures about the freshwater supply threats and the perilous consequences that inevitably follow.

December 2, 2008 Full Review
Movie Eye

Educational polemical documentary.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

You may never buy bottled water again after this.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Not all documentaries are solution-oriented, but this is.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

The film is filled mostly with talking-head interviews and very one-sided reporting. So it's lucky that these are subjects that are extremely topical right now, and are of interest as a result.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The overarching theme here is that the Earth's freshwater supply is being contaminated, sucked dry and 'privatized' for the benefit of huge corporations that are establishing themselves as the heirs to the oil cartels.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Flow might be alarmist propaganda, but with an estimated 20 years left before California's water supply is used up, it might be time to respond to the alarm.

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Channeling Soylent Green, Flow is fresh when it ties issues of supply, cost, quality, and extraction on 5 continents with the rise of giant water companies.

November 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Your tap water might be making you sick. But your bottled water might be making you sicker, while also enabling the environmental rape of the American heartland and unconscionable extortion in the Third World.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The doomsday tone of the movie quickly becomes wearying, and after a certain point the information is simply repetitive, and thus loses much of its impact.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

It is required watching, because only concerted citizen action can stop the trend.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Yeah, we really don't have enough to worry about these days. So why not grab a Pellegrino and see "Flow," Irena Salina's documentary about the end of the world's water supply as we know it?

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

One thing is for sure: after you watch Flow, you'll think about that next glass of water you drink or that next shower or bath you have and not take either of them for granted.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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