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Waterland Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Variety Staff
February 23, 2012
A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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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Washington Post
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
March 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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.
Pamela Bruce
Austin Chronicle
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
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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Time Out
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.
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