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Trouble the Water Reviews

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August 21, 2008
An average doc that far too often turns into a showcase for Roberts' burgeoning career as a rapper, something that often takes away from its potential as a real human and emotional story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 22, 2008
It's not quite a Grapes of Wrath for our times, but Trouble the Water does give a voice to people America didn't see or listen to before Katrina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2008
Roberts needs more practice at holding the camera steady and framing shots. It doesn't matter. We feel her footage at the base of our spines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2008
A tale of natural and civic catastrophe, Trouble the Water is also a frank yet inspired saga about poverty, survival and what lies beyond.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 15, 2011
A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made.
November 1, 2008
For the 3rd anniversary of Katrina comes a gripping point of view about the disaster and its continuing impact on the people of New Orleans that has not been seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
September 19, 2008
Trouble the Water is so hopeful and full of life that it would be a shame if it were dismissed as just another Hurricane Katrina documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2008
Tells as powerful a story about the New Orleans diaspora as I've seen on film, from an angle unfamiliar. It plays out like a love story.
October 2, 2008
Trouble the Water is choppy, overly long and at times almost indecipherable, but it's indelible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
March 13, 2008
No unnecessary authorial pushing and prodding is required on behalf of Kim and Scott's amazing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2008
A great film about a national disgrace and some remarkable 'regular folks' who refused to let it overwhelm them.
August 21, 2008
Raw, unfiltered and expletive-laced, but a brutally-honest flick guaranteed to give you an unsanitized picture of what life was like for the least fortunate folks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 18, 2008
By picking up on this personal story and serving it up in a way that plays commentator, not critic, the filmmakers allows Kim and Scott to speak for themselves. The results are astoundingly brutal and beautifully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 20, 2008
An impressive document of devotion that miraculously stems from still-festering pain.
August 22, 2008
Using mostly amateur video shot by an aspiring rap artist and her husband in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina and in the weeks after, this gripping, sometimes unstructured doc shows the devastation New Orleans residents suffered in the swirl of the storm.
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