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The Pool Reviews

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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2008
Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2008
It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2008
By pushing himself far outside his Midwestern comfort zone and working with non-actors in a language he doesn't speak, Smith has created a fable with universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2008
The Pool takes viewers on a journey to Goa that is startling not only in the lush physical beauty it reveals but also in the subtle, finely wrought emotions it stirs.
October 3, 2008
Many directors claim to value local color, but few have gone as far, or achieved such impressive results, as has Chris Smith in The Pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2008
It doesn't sound like much, but in the hands of director Chris Smith, this setup makes for a good small-scale observational picture about young people finding that the world is a larger place than they imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2008
For his keenly observant narrative feature debut, documentary filmmaker Chris Smith and writer Randy Russell have deftly transposed Russell's short story The Pool from Iowa to the Indian state of Goa, in the small city of Panjim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2008
A film that is a kind of counter-film, which sets expectations in an environment that supports unexpected results.
September 5, 2008
The resonant, beautifully naturalistic drama The Pool is a return to the familiar subject of haves and have-nots for director Chris Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 5, 2008
A lovely, warm, unforced film that gives you time to get to know its characters and isn't propelled by any artificial narrative conventions, or for that matter by any Dickensian social outrage.
September 5, 2008
A charming and enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2008
A quiet, quirky, well-observed fiction about aspiration and connection.
September 5, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 4, 2008
The film has a refreshing sense of proportion without seeming as determinedly minor or mannered as other indies. It's a vivid piece of sketchwork.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2008
Instead of a collection of souvenir-tchotchke exotic vistas, The Pool is an album of observed human minutiae.
September 4, 2008
It's hard to think of a more welcome piece of American filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
September 3, 2008
The Pool takes a look at the lives of the haves and the someday might haves in Goa.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2007
One of the many pleasures of The Pool is watching how these culturally opposite people find common ground, and become involved with each other through such simple acts as home gardening and conversation.