The Weight of Water Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 30, 2011
The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
December 20, 2006
Artistically speaking, Bigelow's drama may be her most ambitous and personal film to date, a multi-layered (period and contemporary) psychological thriller that borrows from Bergman's masterpiece Persona; commercially, however, it's problematic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 12, 2003
Nem as ótimas performances de Sarah Polley e Sean Penn conseguem conferir energia a este filme, cujas histórias desenvolvidas paralelamente se anulam de forma implacável.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
The film might appeal to those who've already read the book, but it's unlikely those who haven't will find much of anything to enjoy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 17, 2003
It doesn't surprise me that this film sat for two years in storage before released, as the final version appeared clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
February 2, 2003
Bigelow offers some flashy twists and turns that occasionally fortify this turgid fable. But for the most part, The Weight of Water comes off as a two-way time-switching myopic mystery that stalls in its lackluster gear of emotional blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 26, 2003
Despite an impressive roster of stars and direction from Kathryn Bigelow, The Weight of Water is oppressively heavy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 2, 2003
The superior plotline isn't quite enough to drag along the dead (water) weight of the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 30, 2002
Elegantly crafted but emotionally cold, a puzzle whose intricate construction one can admire but is difficult to connect with on any deeper level.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2002
The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2002
The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.
| Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 13, 2002
[Two] fairly dull -- contrasting and interlocking stories about miserable Scandinavian settlers in 18th-century Canada, and yuppie sailboaters in the here and now.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 13, 2002
There are a few wrong notes, and the ending is too enigmatic for its own good, but for a studio production the film is uncommonly intelligent and uncompromising.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 13, 2002
Sarah Polley deserves some kind of recognition for her role in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ross Williams
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
None of the characters or plot-lines are fleshed-out enough to build any interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 6, 2002
Works better in its various parts than as a whole.
November 27, 2002
It's a 100-year old mystery that is constantly being interrupted by Elizabeth Hurley in a bathing suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 22, 2002
A well-acted movie that simply doesn't gel.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 15, 2002
Shreve's graceful dual narrative gets clunky on the screen, and we keep getting torn away from the compelling historical tale to a less-compelling soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 14, 2002
You can feel the restlessness in the repressed emotions and unspoken passions of the characters, but exactly what they yearn for is not always clear.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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