• Water
    2 minutes 10 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Water Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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... the incessant references to Gandhi keep gumming up the class-war love story.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 28, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Here's yet another example of people confusing an honorable message with a good movie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2006
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

The movie's sentimental vision rests on the flimsy idea that 'real' religion never sanctions cruelty.

June 7, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

With none of the joyous zest for life we encountered in Fire, or the emotional power from Earth, this intense story set in an ashram for widows almost drowns us with sorrow.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 11, 2006
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It could really use a dose of Fire's heat.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 27, 2006
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Mehta's conventional direction fails to do proper justice to this disturbing reality.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2005
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Tedious as a high-school health-class movie

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 5, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The final chapter in Mehta's feminist trilogy (Fire, Earth), is, alas, the weakest.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 10, 2006
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

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 Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

February 11, 2013
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

July 7, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is lovely in the way Satyajit Ray's films are lovely. It sees poverty and deprivation as a condition of life, not an exception to it, and finds beauty in the souls of its characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2006
James Berardinelli
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Taken as a whole, Water presents a damning view of this aspect of fundamental Hinduism.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2006
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

January 11, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Like Bandit Queen and Maya, Water bravely delves into outmoded social traditions of India, thus roiling the waters of religious fundamentalism, which might mean that Deepa Mehta's film will never get past the censors in that country.

September 9, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Pretty amazing stuff. Pretty incredible movie.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 1, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

[Mehta's] graceful direction keeps Water from feeling like medicine.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2006
Eric D. Snider

The film's visuals hold almost as much power as its story does.

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

April 8, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 4, 2006
Matt Pais

Water doesn't fully capture the pain and hardship of these repressed women, but it's a powerful saga of the suppressive force of certain cultural customs.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

One of the best movies of the year with its extraordinary depiction of plight of Indian widows and their yearning for liberation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

April 27, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
July 8, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Andrew Pulver
June 2, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 31, 2006

May 6, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 20, 2006

Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2006

Time Out
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May 31, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

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