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Trouble the Water Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
October 31, 2008
You can't help wanting -- and maybe needing -- to read into her indomitable spiritedness something like a reason for hope. For her, for other Katrina survivors, for all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 17, 2008
More than most documentaries, this mosaiclike movie is made up of many pieces, and it's considerably more than the sum of those parts.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 17, 2008
Trouble the Water is a crucial film, one of the best of the decade.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2008
Trouble the Water proves that a couple of gutsy amateurs with a home video camera can work wonders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 8, 2008
Trouble the Water, along with Spike Lee's extraordinary four-hour epic, When the Levees Broke, remains one of the most eloquent records we have of a tragedy that brought out some of the most impressively alive men and women in New O
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2008
Is there more to be said about this national catastrophe? Yes, definitely, as the engrossing documentary Trouble the Water shows in just about every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 29, 2008
Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal have fashioned a deeply moving story of resilience and redemption.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2008
Essential, unique viewing: a stunning experience of the hurricane and its aftermath, rooted in immediate personal response and emotions that encapsulate the full national catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
More than a keenly dramatic look at how this country treats the poor and dispossessed. It's also a film that was hijacked by its subjects. They saw an opportunity, they took it, and the grand jury prize at Sundance was the result.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2008
I thought Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke was pretty much the last word on the national tragedy and disgrace that followed Hurricane Katrina's assault on New Orleans. Maybe not.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 22, 2008
Trouble The Water is infuriating in its depiction of helpless Americans getting left behind, and uplifting in the way it shows the Roberts putting their lives together.
| Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 22, 2008
A spellbinder you do not want to miss.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 21, 2008
Brilliant melding of first-person footage, heart, and directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's documentary expertise.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 21, 2008
What Lessin and Deal provide is a considered structure that places Roberts' footage within a larger social and emotional context as part of a self-defined life, in which Hurricane Katrina was both tragedy and opportunity.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2008
Trouble the Water's political-made-personal power to invoke both Anderson Cooper levels of rage and the sense that hope springs eternal rests solely with its main subjects.
| Original Score: 4/6
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
August 19, 2008
The resilience of the movie's subjects -- survivors of street crime and drugs and HIV -- irradiates Trouble the Water like sunshine.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 18, 2008
Trouble the Water is ineradicably moving.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 22, 2008
[Subject Kimberly] Roberts' vid reps some of the more extensive by any Katrina survivor.