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The Pool Reviews

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 3, 2009
Patekar's ability to convey stoic forbearance with so little apparent effort, is one of the marvellous rewards of this intricately textured and compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 3, 2009
A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 31, 2008
It's a movie about a time, a place and a situation that isn't going to change soon. [Director] Smith takes his time to establish the people, the landscape and the striking contrast between the lives of the very rich and the very poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2008
It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 17, 2008
By pushing himself far outside his Midwestern comfort zone and working with non-actors in a language he doesn't speak, Smith has created a fable with universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 9, 2008
The Pool takes viewers on a journey to Goa that is startling not only in the lush physical beauty it reveals but also in the subtle, finely wrought emotions it stirs.
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
Many directors claim to value local color, but few have gone as far, or achieved such impressive results, as has Chris Smith in The Pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2008
It doesn't sound like much, but in the hands of director Chris Smith, this setup makes for a good small-scale observational picture about young people finding that the world is a larger place than they imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
For his keenly observant narrative feature debut, documentary filmmaker Chris Smith and writer Randy Russell have deftly transposed Russell's short story The Pool from Iowa to the Indian state of Goa, in the small city of Panjim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 17, 2008
A film that is a kind of counter-film, which sets expectations in an environment that supports unexpected results.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2008
The resonant, beautifully naturalistic drama The Pool is a return to the familiar subject of haves and have-nots for director Chris Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 5, 2008
A lovely, warm, unforced film that gives you time to get to know its characters and isn't propelled by any artificial narrative conventions, or for that matter by any Dickensian social outrage.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 5, 2008
A charming and enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
A quiet, quirky, well-observed fiction about aspiration and connection.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 5, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 4, 2008
The film has a refreshing sense of proportion without seeming as determinedly minor or mannered as other indies. It's a vivid piece of sketchwork.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 4, 2008
Instead of a collection of souvenir-tchotchke exotic vistas, The Pool is an album of observed human minutiae.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 4, 2008
It's hard to think of a more welcome piece of American filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 3, 2008
The Pool takes a look at the lives of the haves and the someday might haves in Goa.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 30, 2007
One of the many pleasures of The Pool is watching how these culturally opposite people find common ground, and become involved with each other through such simple acts as home gardening and conversation.