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Waterland Reviews

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July 15, 2011
A flawed adaptation of Swift's novel, though the acting of Jeremy Irons and others is good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 26, 2006
It's a brave endeavour, held together by Robert Elswit's poetic photography, and by Irons' authoritative impression of the crumbling desperation behind the chalk-dusted facade of a pensive history man.
May 20, 2003
With a dazed, frightened expression and the keen sense that his life is coming undone, Mr. Irons's Tom becomes a rivetingly sad figure, and a sharp focus for the film's many reveries.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 13, 2003
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July 29, 2002
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January 1, 2000
Swift's elegant, descriptive phrases coexist inelegantly with classroom vulgarisms. And there almost making it all work as a portrait in despondency and realization is Irons, a walking requiem to lost innocence.
January 1, 2000
Gyllenhaal refers to Waterland as "a world of the mind." and it is an experience definitely worth exploring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2018
Incest, drowning, teenage sex on a train: it's all here, but none of it clings to your mind.
February 23, 2012
A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The strange fact about "Waterland" is the way the performances and the dialogue are worthier than the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The adaptation doesn't quite hold. But in this flashback narrative, set in England's beautiful eastern wetlands, there are many passages of filmic -- and geographic -- beauty.
January 1, 2000
Too often the film is overly impressed with its own devices, and the story unfolds in such a haphazard manner that its emotions are muted.
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