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Waterland Reviews

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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
February 23, 2012
A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
January 3, 2018
Incest, drowning, teenage sex on a train: it's all here, but none of it clings to your mind.
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.
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.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 13, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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+
Top Critic
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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