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Trouble the Water Reviews

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August 15, 2011
A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made.
July 27, 2011
Timely, relevant, and touching documentary that needs to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 12, 2010
The most affecting footage of Hurricane Katrina ever seen comes from an amateur camcorder bought on the street for twenty bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 8, 2009
It's a view of the disaster that no amount of news coverage would ever manage to capture.
August 14, 2009
An utterly magnificent film, one that is as hard to forget as it is to ignore. As such, it is destined to live a long life, in peoples' minds and on scholars' shelves.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 27, 2009
Intensely gripping footage of the calamitous Hurricane Katrina and the compelling story of survivors Kimberly and Scott Roberts make this a must see documetary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 13, 2009
Trouble the Water is a truly gobsmacking document, but it's Kimberly Roberts who carries the film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2009
'God's gonna trouble the water,' goes the chorus from the African-American spiritual that gives Trouble the Water its title, but no deity is to blame for the tide of bureaucratic bungling and inhumanity the movie reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2009
The person at the centre emerges as a force of nature unto herself. Meet, and prepare to be inspired by, Kimberly Rivers Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2008
Essential, startling and distressing insight into what it was like to be in the eye of the Katrina storm if you were a poor, black resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Monday August 29 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
December 5, 2008
Trouble The Water tells a fascinating story with some amazing imagery, shot when the floods were at their height, but somehow loses something in the translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 5, 2008
The footage - edited and augmented by Michael Moore's collaborators Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - is unpolished, but the stories and commentary are as inspirational as they are harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's movie about Hurricane Katrina is, in its way, quite as powerful as Spike Lee's massive documentary on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
I could call the film an important document, but it's far more rowdy and vital, and amazingly unpretentious, than that makes it sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2008
Trouble the Water employs Kim Roberts' startling camcorder footage to reveal how little New Orleans prepared its citizens for the coming disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2008
Later, unfortunately, the film's energy drains like the waters, leaving a wrack of tired folk wisdoms and ear-injuring rap songs.
December 5, 2008
This gutsy doc, directed by the producers of Bowling For Columbine, has a raw, grass-roots perspective that makes the social devastation sink in afresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2008
Riveting, emotionally engaging and frequently astonishing documentary that tells an important story and will make you laugh, cry and seethe with rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 14, 2008
The film is a lasting document on the subjects of Hurricane Katrina, tragedy and bureaucratic incompetence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2008
a diary of missed opportunities
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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