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Watermark Reviews

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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
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
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
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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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Nick Schager
AV Club
April 3, 2014
Unfortunately, while the documentary's points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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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
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
April 1, 2014
Watermark is a documentary filled with images both beautiful and wrenching, yet the film as a whole is a disappointment.
Adam McDowell
National Post
September 27, 2013
Visually transfixing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 5, 2014
Somehow or other, form and intent mesh together utterly seamlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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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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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 9, 2014
No glaring message, in fact no narration, just gorgeous 5K ultra-high-def images.
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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 25, 2013
It's meant to inspire us to think about our relationship with water and how we use it, and in this it succeeds admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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
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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
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