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Watermark Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 1, 2014
They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 1, 2014
Although the visuals are spectacular - a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic - there's not much else here to grab on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2014
As in Manufactured Landscapes, the long shots of natural and man-made environments have a patterned, abstract beauty that often chafes against the ugly truth on the ground.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2014
It relies heavily on visuals and offers minimal context. The project has a pro-environment feeling, which comes across implicitly, not through browbeating or preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2014
It's the majesty and beauty of water at its most pure that stays with us longest.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2014
At 92 minutes, the production is stately, unhurried yet crisply focused, never overstaying its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 17, 2014
Here's a case of images in the service of important ideas, rather than entertainment, yet they could hardly be more powerful, from roaring torrents released by a dam in China to a lyrical helicopter shot of a glistening river in British Columbia.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 10, 2014
It's as if the movie's many pieces are supposed to be like impressionistic brush strokes. When seen together, the result is pretty to look at. But it's not as meaningful as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 10, 2014
These exceptionally gifted filmmakers are simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 4, 2014
A Canadian photographer dedicated to chronicling how man affects the environment turns his attention from land to water with mesmerizing results.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 3, 2014
Always arresting and sometimes troubling, "Watermark" - aside from the odd comment here and there - neither lectures nor argues.
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Nick Schager
AV Club
April 3, 2014
Unfortunately, while the documentary's points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
April 1, 2014
Watermark is a documentary filled with images both beautiful and wrenching, yet the film as a whole is a disappointment.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 25, 2013
It's meant to inspire us to think about our relationship with water and how we use it, and in this it succeeds admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4