Trouble the Water Reviews

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Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 21, 2008
An average doc that far too often turns into a showcase for Roberts' burgeoning career as a rapper, something that often takes away from its potential as a real human and emotional story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 5, 2008
Later, unfortunately, the film's energy drains like the waters, leaving a wrack of tired folk wisdoms and ear-injuring rap songs.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2010
The most affecting footage of Hurricane Katrina ever seen comes from an amateur camcorder bought on the street for twenty bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 22, 2008
It's not quite a Grapes of Wrath for our times, but Trouble the Water does give a voice to people America didn't see or listen to before Katrina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2008
Roberts needs more practice at holding the camera steady and framing shots. It doesn't matter. We feel her footage at the base of our spines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 17, 2008
A tale of natural and civic catastrophe, Trouble the Water is also a frank yet inspired saga about poverty, survival and what lies beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 1, 2008
For the 3rd anniversary of Katrina comes a gripping point of view about the disaster and its continuing impact on the people of New Orleans that has not been seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 14, 2009
An utterly magnificent film, one that is as hard to forget as it is to ignore. As such, it is destined to live a long life, in peoples' minds and on scholars' shelves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2008
Trouble the Water is so hopeful and full of life that it would be a shame if it were dismissed as just another Hurricane Katrina documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
February 2, 2008
Tells as powerful a story about the New Orleans diaspora as I've seen on film, from an angle unfamiliar. It plays out like a love story.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2008
Trouble the Water is choppy, overly long and at times almost indecipherable, but it's indelible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
November 14, 2008
The film is a lasting document on the subjects of Hurricane Katrina, tragedy and bureaucratic incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 13, 2008
No unnecessary authorial pushing and prodding is required on behalf of Kim and Scott's amazing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
September 22, 2008
A great film about a national disgrace and some remarkable 'regular folks' who refused to let it overwhelm them.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 21, 2008
Raw, unfiltered and expletive-laced, but a brutally-honest flick guaranteed to give you an unsanitized picture of what life was like for the least fortunate folks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
September 18, 2008
By picking up on this personal story and serving it up in a way that plays commentator, not critic, the filmmakers allows Kim and Scott to speak for themselves. The results are astoundingly brutal and beautifully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Abrams
New York Press
August 20, 2008
An impressive document of devotion that miraculously stems from still-festering pain.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
Using mostly amateur video shot by an aspiring rap artist and her husband in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina and in the weeks after, this gripping, sometimes unstructured doc shows the devastation New Orleans residents suffered in the swirl of the storm.
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