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Water Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 28, 2006
... the incessant references to Gandhi keep gumming up the class-war love story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 27, 2006
Here's yet another example of people confusing an honorable message with a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 7, 2006
The movie's sentimental vision rests on the flimsy idea that 'real' religion never sanctions cruelty.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 11, 2006
With none of the joyous zest for life we encountered in Fire, or the emotional power from Earth, this intense story set in an ashram for widows almost drowns us with sorrow.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 27, 2006
It could really use a dose of Fire's heat.
| Original Score: C+
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
September 18, 2005
Mehta's conventional direction fails to do proper justice to this disturbing reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 5, 2006
Tedious as a high-school health-class movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2006
The final chapter in Mehta's feminist trilogy (Fire, Earth), is, alas, the weakest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 11, 2013
Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 7, 2006
Mehta prevailed, and this scandalous, beautiful and very moving tale of repression, hope and a tragedy is her triumph, and Hindu India's shame.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2006
The film is lovely in the way Satyajit Ray's films are lovely. It sees poverty and deprivation as a condition of life, not an exception to it, and finds beauty in the souls of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
April 28, 2006
Taken as a whole, Water presents a damning view of this aspect of fundamental Hinduism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Surprisingly, not much has changed in the last 70 years. The tradition of sequestering widows continues in India. Mehta deserves praise for spotlighting this situation. WATER is one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2005
Like Bandit Queen and Maya, Water bravely delves into outmoded social traditions of India, thus roiling the waters of religious fundamentalism, which might mean that Deepa Mehta's film will never get past the censors in that country.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 1, 2006
Pretty amazing stuff. Pretty incredible movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 11, 2006
[Mehta's] graceful direction keeps Water from feeling like medicine.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
April 8, 2006
The film's visuals hold almost as much power as its story does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 4, 2006
It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
Water doesn't fully capture the pain and hardship of these repressed women, but it's a powerful saga of the suppressive force of certain cultural customs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 27, 2006
One of the best movies of the year with its extraordinary depiction of plight of Indian widows and their yearning for liberation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
July 8, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Andrew Pulver
June 2, 2007
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
December 6, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
March 31, 2006

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 20, 2006

Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2006
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Time Out
May 31, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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