• Flow
    2 minutes 24 seconds
    Added: Aug 6, 2008


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Flow: For Love of Water Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 23, 2008
Nora Lee Mandel

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.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 5/10

November 1, 2008
Chris Barsanti

this is a film that trickles instead of roars.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 24, 2008
Nick Schager

Offers up a call-to-arms against bottled water conglomerates that, in its structural sloppiness, feels like a high school student's tossed-off research paper.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

September 12, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Touching on everything from the cost citizens of poor countries pay for water to corporate hoodwinking in the bottled-water business, Flow makes you thirsty for more information

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2008
John Anderson
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Far too much of the film indulges in the sort of shrill alarmism that gives environmentalism a bad name.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

October 9, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The argument presented in 'Flow' is hardly one to disagree with, but the movie still falls into the self-defeating pattern of the genre as practiced now.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 11, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs

"Flow" critiques the commodification of water, which has resulted in increased global inequities.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

September 12, 2008
Nell Minow

This documentary finds a good balance between terrifying statistics, depressing images, talking heads, and hopeful suggestions.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

September 11, 2008
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The inconvenient truth at the center of Flow: For Love of Water is that while the oil crisis is intensely debated and documented, disasters involving an even more essential fluid go perilously unnoticed.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2008
Patricia Hluchy
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2008
Bill Gibron

(Director) Salina makes Flow function as a wake-up call to those who take such issues as an international given.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/5

September 6, 2008
Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's a plainly one-sided call to arms, but with good reason -- you may never look at your faucet without flinching again.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 8, 2008
Jennifer Merin

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.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/4

June 27, 2009
Cole Smithey

You'll never want to buy a bottle of water again after seeing this essential documentary about the blatant theft being committed by companies like Nestle that have helped make water the third biggest global industry behind electricity and oil.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

September 21, 2008
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 2, 2008
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Along with this sobering information, filmmaker Irena Salina's docu includes a distinct note of optimism that should help the film flow smoothly through the festival pipeline before eventually settling on DVD.

March 10, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Flow is the kind of terrifying, impending-apocalypse documentary none of us wants to watch but all of us probably should; it isn't the most enjoyable experience you'll have at the movies this year, but I wouldn't doubt if it's one of the most eye-opening.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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