Aquarela Reviews

August 29, 2019
It's a pretty interesting nature documentary as far as it goes. But given its globe-trotting scope and the risky location work involved for the filmmakers, it's a tiny bit strange "Aquarela" goes only so far.
August 22, 2019
Without any narration or talking heads, Kossakovsky's cinematic globe-trotting documentary dazzles us with doom.
August 21, 2019
Even at 89 minutes, the film seems too long. Kossakovsky just seems to want us to admire his footage, and that's about it. It becomes monotonous.
August 19, 2019
Despite these occasional moments of tedium, however, the film is at once chilling and likely to make your blood boil.
August 17, 2019
Eco-documentary on H20 in the age of climate change - from crumbling icebergs to chaotic hurricanes - is both gorgeous and terrifying. The shape of water, indeed.
August 16, 2019
A purely sensationalistic cinematic experience that paradoxically encourages reflection and contemplation.
August 16, 2019
No one there, or anywhere else in the film, ever utters the words "global warming," yet the message could not be clearer-we are all of us living on thin ice.
August 15, 2019
"Aquarela" is nothing like what you might be expecting. Yes, it's a meditation on water in a multitude of forms, but as directed by Russia's Victor Kossakovsky it's an unexpectedly unnerving film that's at least as terrifying as it is beautiful.
August 15, 2019
The movie, like the elemental forces we continue to exacerbate, never explains itself. Surrender to it, though, and a narrative - of spectacle, conflict and retaliation - will eventually become clear.
August 13, 2019
When the Apocalyptica music is cranked up high, and the screen's awash in dazzlingly sharp, hypnotically swirling images of cresting waves, viewers could certainly take a moment to contemplate the importance of water to our global ecosystem.
February 5, 2019
One of the most frightening and persuasive movies I've ever seen about the destruction created by climate change.
Top Critic
September 6, 2018
A feast of HD imagery so crisp as to be almost disorienting, this is immersive experiential cinema with no firm storytelling trajectory, though viewers can read what environmental warnings they may into its rushing spectacle.
September 6, 2018
Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive.