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Deep Water Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 7, 2007
To reveal Crowhurst's decision would be to spoil a stunning tale. Deep Water is not itself comparably stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 2, 2007
This is fascinating stuff... that would be better served by a magazine article or book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 8, 2007
As a portrait of obsession, competition and, finally, delusion, Deep Water is haunting and engrossing, and one of the best nonfiction movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
August 30, 2007
Deep Water is a documentary, but it's also one part adventure film, one part Greek tragedy, and one part meditation on the role of the 'hero' in modern society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2007
An enthralling documentary about an Englishman named Donald Crowhurst who, in 1968, set off on a solitary, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2007
Deep Water is a stunning documentary that not only beautifully elucidates a nearly forgotten incident but touches on crucial themes involving isolation, sanity, self-worth, impossible dreams, the nature of heroism and limits of human endurance.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 23, 2007
A true-life tale of inadvertent self-destruction, Deep Water's generic title belies its haunting incisiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
I do think the movie loses focus at times, but nevertheless, this is a pretty interesting story into madness.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
September 14, 2007
But more startling are the original tape recordings and 16mm films made by the solitary competitors as they spent more than ten months alone trying to sail around the globe.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
August 21, 2007
Given that the tedium of months on the open seas could and did drive a man insane, co-directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell have done a commendable job of making Deep Water... well, not boring.
September 7, 2007
Despite the flaws in the structure and story of Deep Water, Osmond and Rothwell display great skill at keeping their audience informed.
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
July 14, 2007
Charting the thin line between courage and foolhardiness, it's a poignant portrayal of the excruciating emotional odyssey of all involved.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
September 1, 2007
A fascinating documentary about the first single-handed around-the-world sailing race, begins like a Boy's Own adventure tale but ends up more akin to tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kent Turner
August 24, 2007
Not only is this an incredible saga of Jack London proportions, it's also a great detective tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 11, 2007
A tangle of turbulent seas and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 12, 2007
It is a sad, finely crafted documentary that must not be missed, if you call yourself a real film buff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
His story is a footnote in sailing history, to be sure, but a fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor
August 30, 2007
Deep Water's account of a modern Icarus is frighteningly clear in its perceptions and aftershocks.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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