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Water Lilies Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 31, 2008
A fascinating exploration of female friendship, love, manipulation, betrayal and healing.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 25, 2008
A narrowly interesting story by French writer-director C├ (C)line Sciamma about three girls whose lives are connected by synchronized swimming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 25, 2008
First-time writer/director Celine Sciamma focuses exclusively, empathetically and insightfully on her protagonists' coming-of-age experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 17, 2008
While it never quite reaches Jack T. Ripper levels of absurdity, Water nonetheless drowns out its science with hazy spirituality and utterly preposterous claims. In the end, it all smells fishy.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 4, 2008
Celine Sciamma's quiet drama has moments of motionless yearning that contrast the intense emotions of its 15-year-old protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 4, 2008
The original French title of this flick translates as Birth of Octopuses, and it's a more accurate description of the complicated relationships in this well-acted coming-of-age story, the impressive debut of filmmaker CÚline Sciamma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 4, 2008
A hypnotic and wholly convincing look at teen culture from the inside, with all its courage, cruelty and unspoken codes of silence intact.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 4, 2008
The flowers that bloom in the French film Water Lilies belong to a familiar cinematic species, the newly sexualized teenage girl.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 2, 2008
Completing the convergence of rare young talents is the 27-year-old French director CÚline Sciamma.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 31, 2008
The drama never merely titillates, instead developing a convincing dynamic among the three.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
March 24, 2008
Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 14, 2008
Languid, sorrowful and strange, French filmmaker CÚline Sciamma's debut as a feature writer-director is a sensitive and daring portrait of female adolescence that's curious about all longings, sexual confusions and grey areas of desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 17, 2007
First film by gifted scripter-helmer Celine Sciamma nails the aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15- and 16-year-old girls.