Water Reviews

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Susan Granger
Modamag.com
May 25, 2006
Haunting and outraged, it's a compelling cry against inhumanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 21, 2006
This is one of those great foreign films that you wish Hollywood would make so more people would go see them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2006
A lovely and compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 20, 2006
Works on a large, almost operatic, scale but, instead of seeing its world in simplistic terms of heroes and villains, it's a tapestry of immensely complex characters motivated by historic forces and quirks of personality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 20, 2006
Beautiful yet sad, a tale drenched in centuries of stagnant, holy water that cleanses the body but putrefies the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Mehta has made a film of jaw-dropping beauty and eye-opening insight. It's not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 19, 2006
Unfolds with the clean, simple lines of a fairy tale, and if the characters initially seem to be too black-or-white to be believable, the moral complexity of the story reveals itself in a gradual, subtle manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 19, 2006
In an elemental way ... the film always works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 18, 2006
Ebbs and flows with devastating truths and profound insights into the hypocrisy of extremism in any religion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 12, 2006
Mehta's film is courageous and reticent, a shout masquerading as a whisper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 12, 2006
Reminds us that Mehta is a filmmaker of courage -- she refused to abandon this film even after fundamentalist protestors shut down the production in India -- and singular style, telling stories that have never been told on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 12, 2006
Mehta's most powerful film to date
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 11, 2006
You'll leave the theater with a lot to think about, especially regarding the plight of women around the globe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 11, 2006
[Mehta's] graceful direction keeps Water from feeling like medicine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 11, 2006
Packs a punch that is difficult to parry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 11, 2006
The humane and courageous clarity of Mehta's storytelling works on you like a hard spring rain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2006
The final chapter in Mehta's feminist trilogy (Fire, Earth), is, alas, the weakest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 10, 2006
Every moment that is exquisite here... is tinged with a profound melancholy... For every beautiful moment... there is an ugly counterpart...
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 10, 2006
an unforgettable film of devastating beauty
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 5, 2006
Detailed and graced with irreverent humor and fine performances, Mehta's film deals powerful blows to economic injustice and misogyny.
| Original Score: 3/4
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