Watermark Reviews

September 5, 2014
Somehow or other, form and intent mesh together utterly seamlessly.
September 4, 2014
It's not as focused as its predecessor, but its best sequences rehydrate the mind.
September 4, 2014
Stand out scenes would work as well as stills in a photography book.
May 1, 2014
They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy.
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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2014
It's the majesty and beauty of water at its most pure that stays with us longest.
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.
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.
April 10, 2014
These exceptionally gifted filmmakers are simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact.
April 4, 2014
A Canadian photographer dedicated to chronicling how man affects the environment turns his attention from land to water with mesmerizing results.
April 3, 2014
Always arresting and sometimes troubling, "Watermark" - aside from the odd comment here and there - neither lectures nor argues.
April 3, 2014
Unfortunately, while the documentary's points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness.
April 1, 2014
Watermark is a documentary filled with images both beautiful and wrenching, yet the film as a whole is a disappointment.
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.
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.