Aquarius Reviews

March 23, 2017
Sonia Braga is wonderful as a retired music writer who lives alone in a gorgeous old apartment by the sea in Recife, Brazil.
March 21, 2017
Indulgent, occasionally unwieldy, but put together with passion and verve.
November 8, 2016
"Aquarius" is about a half-hour too long for the story it tells, yet it feels like a privilege to be in the presence of such a powerful character and such a quietly commanding performance.
October 28, 2016
This isn't a movie about a situation; it's a movie about a fully formed, red-blooded character dealing with a situation while also dealing with everything else.
October 27, 2016
This is a film more about the sacredness of our memories than the evil ways of gentrification, but skilled director Kleber Mendonca Filho is clearly interested in both.
October 24, 2016
Despite Sonia Braga's fierce performance as a woman of unbreakable determination and proud refinement, this drama by the Brazilian director Kleber Mendona Filho quickly lapses into sentimental attitudinizing.
October 20, 2016
"Aquarius" makes a compelling case for looking up from our ubiquitous distractions to take in the world around us - the one that we live in and, whether we're aware of it or not, lives in us.
October 20, 2016
Filho is a born filmmaker whose storytelling rarely follows expected narrative pathways, and "Aquarius" takes its sweet time, focusing on what appear to be inconsequential details and gradually building force by accretion.
October 20, 2016
This is an easygoing, plaintively observant picture, one that putters here and there. But Braga is working on another level, and we're happy to be reminded of what she can do ...
October 14, 2016
It may feel like it drags a bit in the middle, but Aquarius has so many individual moments of grace that it rewards you for sticking around.
October 13, 2016
"Aquarius" is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person.
October 13, 2016
A film with an almost Proustian understanding of how a favorite song - or, for that matter, a sacred space or a cherished piece of furniture - can become a repository of personal meaning.
October 12, 2016
Aquarius is something special.
May 20, 2016
A drama that's credible, complex and very satisfying.
May 19, 2016
Sonia Braga gives the performance of her long, storied career in Aquarius.
May 18, 2016
At the center of this emotional maelstrom is the 65-year-old Braga, herself a living legend and bridge to the past. In a long film of many turns, her performance - weathered, proud, sensuous, fragile - captivates and brings us into her world.
May 17, 2016
Sonia Braga shines in this rather classic portrait of a woman who won't let go.
May 17, 2016
A densely observed and superbly acted portrait of a woman of a certain age.
May 17, 2016
A character study as well as a shrewd meditation on the needless transience of place and the way physical space elides with our identity.