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Watermark Reviews

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Josh Larsen
January 7, 2015
...splits the difference between a fully immersive documentary like Leviathan and an informational special you might find on the National Geographic channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Siobhan Synnot
September 10, 2014
Great for IMAX theatres, but it's got the hypnotic, brain-emptying quality of a lava lamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 5, 2014
Somehow or other, form and intent mesh together utterly seamlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
September 4, 2014
It's not as focused as its predecessor, but its best sequences rehydrate the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 4, 2014
Stand out scenes would work as well as stills in a photography book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Kelly
Total Film
September 1, 2014
With no narration or context, its subject matter comes across as dry, while the enviro-message is undermined by a yawn-inducing lack of urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
July 5, 2014
The sorts of visuals the filmmakers capture are nothing short of astounding...yet while the imagery is beautiful, its implications are often dire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 9, 2014
No glaring message, in fact no narration, just gorgeous 5K ultra-high-def images.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 1, 2014
They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 1, 2014
Although the visuals are spectacular - a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic - there's not much else here to grab on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ray Pride
April 25, 2014
Grave, momentous, lush, threatening, engulfing, the HD imagery surveying the epic scale of bodies of water and the thrash and volume of currents and spill-off is keenly beautiful.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2014
As in Manufactured Landscapes, the long shots of natural and man-made environments have a patterned, abstract beauty that often chafes against the ugly truth on the ground.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2014
It relies heavily on visuals and offers minimal context. The project has a pro-environment feeling, which comes across implicitly, not through browbeating or preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 17, 2014
The movie, which does drag at times, puts into perspective what an impact we've had on the planet and its lifeblood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2014
It's the majesty and beauty of water at its most pure that stays with us longest.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2014
At 92 minutes, the production is stately, unhurried yet crisply focused, never overstaying its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 17, 2014
Here's a case of images in the service of important ideas, rather than entertainment, yet they could hardly be more powerful, from roaring torrents released by a dam in China to a lyrical helicopter shot of a glistening river in British Columbia.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
April 11, 2014
For a movie proselytizing the dire need to preserve our rivers and oceans, 'Watermark' is shockingly dry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 10, 2014
It's as if the movie's many pieces are supposed to be like impressionistic brush strokes. When seen together, the result is pretty to look at. But it's not as meaningful as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 10, 2014
These exceptionally gifted filmmakers are simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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