Water Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 11, 2013
Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 3, 2007
Powerful tale that unfortunately fails to provide any kind of real historical context for the oppression of Indian widows.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Perhaps the adversity of making the movie allowed the filmmakers and actors to empathize more fully with the subject and characters of Water.
February 10, 2007
... the incidence of violence against women at home or in institutions give Mehta's 1938 tale a currency that confirms the old notion "actions change, but attitudes do not."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 18, 2007
One of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Surprisingly, not much has changed in the last 70 years. The tradition of sequestering widows continues in India. Mehta deserves praise for spotlighting this situation. WATER is one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 21, 2006
Though it's a story told with feminist sensitivity, it's also the most relevant perspective for such injustice to women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
Full of lush, fluid cinematography and evocative music, Water is an important look at a social injustice, and Mehta's most accomplished film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 4, 2006
... gorgeous and heartbreaking... full of glorious, unforgettably pretty images... But they do not overpower Mehta's involving drama or the exceptionally fine performances of her stars...
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 19, 2006
Quite possibly the best picture of the year thus far, with no fewer than three of the most luminous female performances I have ever seen onscreen.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 8, 2006
Controversial for exposing the rigidity of the Hindu religion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 7, 2006
Mehta prevailed, and this scandalous, beautiful and very moving tale of repression, hope and a tragedy is her triumph, and Hindu India's shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 27, 2006
Water simmers at the injustice heaped upon these women because of religious tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 26, 2006
Both a high-minded glossy soap opera, in the tradition of a Darryl F. Zanuck forbidden-love potboiler like 'Island in the Sun,' and a fierce expose of the mistreatment of women encouraged by fundamentalist religious tradition...
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 14, 2006
For those who can accept Mehta's approach, it's a remarkably rewarding film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 8, 2006
All the pat plotting and discourse in the world can't extinguish the fire of a film this well-intended, sensitively acted and beautifully filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 7, 2006
The movie's sentimental vision rests on the flimsy idea that 'real' religion never sanctions cruelty.
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
June 6, 2006
...you're an observer to a real dialogue and not merely a viewer in an audience watching a scripted drama and plot unfold.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 2, 2006
A heartbreaking prism through which to understand the absurdity and cruelty of this practice.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 2, 2006
It slowly builds in emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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