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Watermark Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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
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
Guardian
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
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
Ray Pride
Newcity
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.
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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
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 4, 2014
A travelogue focused on various bodies of water (lakes, rivers, oceans, and underground aquifers) threatened by capitalist development.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 4, 2014
A Canadian photographer dedicated to chronicling how man affects the environment turns his attention from land to water with mesmerizing results.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 3, 2014
Always arresting and sometimes troubling, "Watermark" - aside from the odd comment here and there - neither lectures nor argues.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
April 3, 2014
Documentaries that shove a message down viewers' throats are a drag, but it's possible to place too much emphasis on aesthetics at the expense of a thesis. Still, if one must err in one direction or the other, this direction is preferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2014
By keeping explanatory talking-heads interviews to a minimum, the filmmakers put their trust in the audience to draw their own conclusions based on what they present to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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