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The Pool Reviews

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December 17, 2012
Though plot-wise nothing much happens, Smith elicits strong sense of place and teases out the film's themes ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 18, 2012
It's a subtle, truthful, moving story of class, ambition, friendship and romantic yearning, extremely well acted by a largely non-professional cast.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 16, 2012
[A] wholly unobjectionable, likeably performed but faintly soporific drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
November 16, 2012
Shot with a level of realism we rarely seen in Indian cinema, this film combines sharply engaging characters with an involving story that really gets under the skin. A
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 16, 2012
Told with real warmth and charm, this is a confidently handled tale boosted by natural, engaging performances from Venkatesh and Jahangir Badshah as his young friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 16, 2012
It tells you a lot about South India, its essentially rural culture and the stifling poverty of its underclass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 15, 2012
Smith's film is natural and unforced, with a winning fluency and calm observational style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Hopefully Smith will make more movies in this laid-back, poetic style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2012
Here are filigree detailing, pure-and-simple performances (especially from Venkatesh Chavan as the boy) and a subtly lambent moral tale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 13, 2012
A fascinating narrative set in modern-day Indian and full of insights into a class-riven country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah McGill
The List
November 13, 2012
It tells a tale so sweetly elemental and classic that it could pretty much have happened along at any point in storytelling history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 31, 2010
Satisfying tale of marginalized youth struggling to survive alone in a cold world and dreaming of success despite all odds against them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 16, 2009
Shimmers silently. A quietly remarkable film, for its seeming simplicity, its careful rhythms, and its interest in a place and its spirit.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 3, 2009
The Pool is beautiful to look at, and, for what it conveys about human nature, to experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 3, 2009
Patekar's ability to convey stoic forbearance with so little apparent effort, is one of the marvellous rewards of this intricately textured and compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 3, 2009
A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
| Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 15, 2009
worth seeing, primarily for its beautiful Goa setting
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 31, 2008
It's a movie about a time, a place and a situation that isn't going to change soon. [Director] Smith takes his time to establish the people, the landscape and the striking contrast between the lives of the very rich and the very poor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
October 24, 2008
Based on a story by Randy Russell, The Pool is a low-key film that often feels like a documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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