The Water Diviner Reviews

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April 26, 2015
Indeed, this is the 51-year-old Crowe's first time as a movie director, but he's hardly a novice actor stepping behind the camera for some sort of vanity project.
April 24, 2015
It's clear that Russell Crowe has poured his heart and soul into the historical romance The Water Diviner, his first feature as a director. If only the film were better.
April 24, 2015
A sloggy, heartfelt piece of quasi-magical realist storytelling.
April 24, 2015
Crowe strives to strike a universal chord about the futility of war. Simplistic? Maybe. But in crafting a film about the pain a parent feels after losing a child in battle, Crowe transcends borders and politics.
April 24, 2015
Crowe needs, badly, a director to push back against his default mode: The script for The Water Diviner posits that Joshua Connor is the most interesting man in the frame at all times, but Crowe's performance doesn't earn that.
April 24, 2015
Even slightly self-censored, its images of broken cities and the walking wounded is a strong restating of the film's message: There is no such thing as a "good" war. There's only war - sometimes necessary, sometimes not. And always inhuman.
April 24, 2015
To watch "The Water Diviner" it be warned constantly that we must break ourselves of our addiction to imagery that the film we're watching can't seem to resist.
April 24, 2015
Water seeks its own level and Crowe, while in over his head, will find his audience.
April 24, 2015
The film feels purposeful and true. Good job, mate.
April 24, 2015
Despite the incongruous romance and abrupt action beats, Crowe gives a likable, sympathetic performance. But it all starts to dry up before our eyes.
April 23, 2015
The awfulness and futility of war are seared onto the screen, in images that are often hard to look at.
April 23, 2015
If you can keep in mind that the whole thing is an Australian tweak of the magic carpet story from The Arabian Nights, you can probably enjoy this improbable, episodic, and earnestly entertaining...story.
April 23, 2015
You don't have to be a historian to wonder about the timing of the opening or a critic to regret that Mr. Crowe has signed onto a preposterous, would-be sweeping historical romance that's far too slight and silly to carry the weight of real history.
April 23, 2015
While the war story aims for epic turf, the love story settles for manipulation.
April 23, 2015
Assuming you buy that a noble man of the earth can use his divining skills to locate loved ones in the muddy remains of war, there's plenty else that stretches credibility in Crowe's film.
April 23, 2015
It suggests nothing so much as a movie version of a book-club novel that has yet to be written. That doesn't have to be an insult, and it isn't.
April 23, 2015
After toiling for the likes of Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, and Peter Weir all these years, Crowe takes command of his own camera crews and castmates, mounting an ambitious and sentimental period drama.
April 23, 2015
There's at least one better film on the topic - Gallipoli - but The Water Diviner has its moments, even if its grasp of reality is all wet.
April 23, 2015
Some formulaic elements creep into the story but it's anchored by the grim realities of the first modern war and a sweeping humanism reminiscent of Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion.
April 23, 2015
Crowe is effectively restrained in his acting, but in his debut as a director, he overdoes the manipulative music and the pretty images from cinematographer Andrew Lesnie.
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