The Water Man Reviews

May 24, 2021
Plays like 90 straight minutes of déjà vu.
May 13, 2021
Heartfelt, but overwrought and overplayed throughout.
May 10, 2021
The Water Man feels a little watered-down even by the standards of its genre, with somewhat less heft than the old Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, which created a classy environment to sell greeting cards woven into the drama.
May 10, 2021
David Oyelowo's directorial debut is eager to enchant us, but it doesn't quite manage the trick.
May 8, 2021
The end result, "The Water Man," while not altogether graceless, registers as tonally disjointed and ultimately inconsequential in spite of its star-fronted cast.
May 6, 2021
[T]he story dives into its adventure, its myth, and its other distractions from the cold, sad truth of this tale.
May 6, 2021
A misguided venture that might have been totally forgettable if the characters didn't keep saying the title of the movie every five minutes.
May 6, 2021
Despite the powerful child performance at its center, David Oyelowo's The Water Man struggles to focus on more than one narrative or visual idea at a time.
May 6, 2021
The Water Man's fantastical drama intermittently flounders, floats.
May 6, 2021
There is barely enough of a story to hold the interest of adult moviegoers.
May 5, 2021
Oyelowo displays a keen eye for framing and musters some appealing visuals, but it's difficult not to long for more than the modicum we're given here.
May 4, 2021
David Oyelowo shows great poise behind the camera, but his "The Water Man" lacks the type of wonder and enchantment necessary to become an instant, gratifying hit.
May 4, 2021
Harmless and not entirely charmless, but more a collection of pretty locations, good actors and a couple of kids who barely hold our interest in a journey that less interesting than the destination, which isn't interesting at all.
May 4, 2021
Has its fair share of fantastical moments, except they unfortunately never feel majestic. There's never a real sense of urgency or adventure
October 5, 2020
A radiant Rosario Dawson can't salvage David Oyelowo's well-intentioned but weak directorial debut
September 22, 2020
Though Oyelowo's direction is decent, the story never takes you to that special place and the son's venture into the forest rarely feels adventurous.