The Weight of Water Reviews

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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.

Irish Times
July 17, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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-
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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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 6, 2002
Works better in its various parts than as a whole.
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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Janice Page
Boston Globe
November 8, 2002
Though it never rises to its full potential as a film, still offers a great deal of insight into the female condition and the timeless danger of emotions repressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 8, 2002
An intelligently made (and beautifully edited) picture that at the very least has a spark of life to it -- more than you can say for plenty of movies that flow through the Hollywood pipeline without a hitch.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 7, 2002
Bigelow perfectly establishes a feel of place and time for both stories, and they're so radically different that you may find yourself shocked when 100 years flash by in a single cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2002
Maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine -- until it's undone by the sogginess of its contemporary characters, and actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 5, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow, it's like she's directing two films. They have very distinct styles, and everybody gets their say and gets their moment.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
November 1, 2002
Whether our action-and-popcorn obsessed culture will embrace this engaging and literate psychodrama isn't much of a mystery, unfortunately.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
November 1, 2002
Bigelow may produce broad, middling big-budget fare when (working for) a studio...But left to her own devices, she's capable of creating fine layers of intimacy and intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
October 31, 2002
If the film fails to fulfill its own ambitious goals, it nonetheless sustains interest during the long build-up of expository material.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 31, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow's attractive film version of Anita Shreve's novel is a gripping plunge but a remote one, suffering from the weight of one too many inexpressible thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 31, 2002
A very literary drama that uses two intertwined stories to explore jealousy as a dangerous little mutant that sometimes is life-threatening.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
Bigelow directs this screen version of Anita Shreve's complex novel with polish and a flair for the melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 29, 2002
Intriguing and beautiful film, but those of you who read the book are likely to be disappointed.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 21, 2002
A literate presentation that wonderfully weaves a murderous event in 1873 with murderous rage in 2002.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 17, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 2, 2002
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Arizona Republic
November 2, 2002

National Post
July 24, 2001
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