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Waterland Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.
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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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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
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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.
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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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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.