Be Water

2020

Be Water

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If Be Water's surface level approach doesn't quite match its subject's depth, it still serves as an appropriate introduction to the almighty Bruce Lee.

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In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents' homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. Charting his struggles between two worlds, this portrait explores questions of identity and representation through the use of rare archival, interviews with loved ones and Bruce's own writings.

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Critic Reviews for Be Water

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (2)

  • A nimble, nuanced, and at times even poetic documentary about martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

    June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

    Jack Hamilton

    Slate
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  • For the most part, it's a very entertaining documentary, but one with curious holes in its history.

    June 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Be Water never forgets Lee's heritage, or stops celebrating it. Even as Lee is described as "East meets West," the documentary never stops pondering the ocean between.

    June 8, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Danette Chavez

    AV Club
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  • Be Water is, in its own way, as precisely choreographed as Lee's fight sequences, shining a well-deserved light on his brief life but long shadow, as the statues of him around the world attest.

    June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • Be Water doesn't feel like a sports doc at all; you walk away from it convinced that Bruce Lee was an artist more than anything else.

    June 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For the curious, it's a fair introduction to the man who became a legend.

    June 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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