The Water Diviner Reviews

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August 14, 2019
While Crowe the actor has impressive screen presence and conveys grief with subtlety, Crowe the director errs on the side of caution in this conservatively directed feature, which splutters along...
May 14, 2019
Successfully navigating war, drama, action and romance, this film has it all on both sides of the camera.
March 14, 2019
The film's got issues, but it's a sincere, mournful celebration of a country that turned the pain of loss into strength.
August 30, 2018
Trying to do too much, and losing the humanity in his story, The Water Diviner is just a mess.
August 22, 2018
As a debut it is a remarkable effort, with Crowe showing a great deal of sophistication in handling the narrative.
August 21, 2018
"The Water Diviner" is a beautiful story engaging the viewer on many different levels.
March 16, 2018
Once again the character representative of Christianity shows only selfish, shallow callousness while the character representative of Islam offers a well-spring of peace, rest, and reoriented perspective for the weary Western protagonist's soul.
February 15, 2018
Thinking that a movie directed by Russell Crowe is good may be the film reviewer's equivalent of crying: "Look at the dog! It walks!" But everything fits together, and it's well shot and satisfyingly pacy.
January 12, 2018
There are some good scenes in Crowe's directorial debut, but it mostly feels like a fumbled opportunity to make a much more significant film.
October 16, 2017
There's no such elegance in The Water Diviner. Crowe's performance is great but he's basically a bull in a china shop, rampaging gracelessly through the emotionally reductive landscape of his film.
September 20, 2017
The film is filled with exotic locales, brilliant supporting actors and lots of drama and emotion. Well done, Crowe.
August 22, 2017
It's the cinematic equivalent of switching between 40 open tabs on your computer for two hours.
June 27, 2017
There are fine things everywhere you look in this Australian historical drama. Yet, when it's over, you're still thirsty for a better movie.
May 11, 2017
This is a movie lacking in life or vibrancy, or any real emotions for us to actually connect to or relate to the characters; it is enamoured by its subject matter and as such tries to make itself too respectful.
April 2, 2016
The preposterousness of [the story] is offset by Crowe's powerful depiction of the horrors of war for both the Australians and Turks.
February 24, 2016
[This is] for the tiresome cynics who think that many films aren't about anything anymore, and would rather a film be definitively about something, than any good overall.
December 30, 2015
Crowe perfectly plays a dad going in search of the three sons believed to have been killed in action at Gallipoli in the First World War.
December 30, 2015
As expected, what an actor-turned-director like Crowe can do is pull strong performances out of his cast.
December 21, 2015
A well-meaning, worthy and, at times, moving ode to Gallipoli.
November 12, 2015
The Water Diviner feels almost too careful in its desire to hit all the right notes and do justice to all sides. Which makes it more of a war memorial than a living, breathing movie.
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