The Weight of Water (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Weight of Water2001

The Weight of Water (2001)



Critic Consensus: The story is too muddled to build any interest.

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Movie Info

Journalist Jean Janes begins researching the 1873 axe-murder of two sisters and discovers new information in the case. Meanwhile, her marriage to writer Thomas begins to fall apart.

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Critic Reviews for The Weight of Water

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (25)

The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.

May 30, 2011

Artistically speaking, Bigelow's drama may be her most ambitous and personal film to date, a multi-layered (period and contemporary) psychological thriller that borrows from Bergman's masterpiece Persona; commercially, however, it's problematic.

December 20, 2006 | Rating: B-
Top Critic

The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.

December 19, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.

December 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

There are a few wrong notes, and the ending is too enigmatic for its own good, but for a studio production the film is uncommonly intelligent and uncompromising.

December 13, 2002 | Rating: A-

Shreve's graceful dual narrative gets clunky on the screen, and we keep getting torn away from the compelling historical tale to a less-compelling soap opera.

November 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Weight of Water

Either one of the two stories might have been engaging on their own, if they hadn't shown their hand from the very start. A disappointment to know this comes from Kathryn Bigelow.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the plots. It took a while to become comfortable with the dual stories.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Sarah Polley saves a predictable fable from drowning in Sean Penn's ham.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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