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The Weight of Water Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 30, 2011
The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
December 20, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2002
The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2002
The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 13, 2002
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.
| Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 15, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
November 8, 2002
Though it never rises to its full potential as a film, still offers a great deal of insight into the female condition and the timeless danger of emotions repressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 8, 2002
An intelligently made (and beautifully edited) picture that at the very least has a spark of life to it -- more than you can say for plenty of movies that flow through the Hollywood pipeline without a hitch.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 6, 2002
In old-fashioned screenwriting parlance, Ms. Shreve's novel proved too difficult a text to 'lick,' despite the efforts of a first-rate cast.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2002
Maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine -- until it's undone by the sogginess of its contemporary characters, and actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 5, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow, it's like she's directing two films. They have very distinct styles, and everybody gets their say and gets their moment.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 2, 2002
It's got a good director. Good cast. Good source material. Yet it still sinks like a stone.
| Original Score: C-
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2002
Involves two mysteries -- one it gives away and the other featuring such badly drawn characters that its outcome hardly matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
November 1, 2002
The action switches between past and present, but the material link is too tenuous to anchor the emotional connections that purport to span a 125-year divide.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2002
A boring, pretentious muddle that uses a sensational, real-life 19th-Century crime as a metaphor for -- well, I'm not exactly sure what -- and has all the dramatic weight of a raindrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2002
The actors are splendid, especially Sarah Polley and Sean Penn, but we never feel confident that these two plots fit together, belong together, or work together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 31, 2002
Kathryn Bigelow's attractive film version of Anita Shreve's novel is a gripping plunge but a remote one, suffering from the weight of one too many inexpressible thoughts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 31, 2002
When the movie finally collapses on itself late in the game, it leaves you in the frustrating position of having to pick up its scattered pieces and assemble them as best you can.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2002
No matter how deep her hurt, Jean and her insecurities make for an impoverished counterpoint to the tragedy of a woman imprisoned by history as well as by madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
October 31, 2002
Heavy-handed exercise in time-vaulting literary pretension.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
Bigelow directs this screen version of Anita Shreve's complex novel with polish and a flair for the melodramatic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 29, 2002
Lovingly detailed but unaccountably clumsy, obviously ambitious, and unfortunately chintzy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 29, 2002
Bigelow is so intent upon making a non-exploitative movie that she de-sensationalizes the film to the point where it loses all energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
June 13, 2002
Makes its belated arrival sporting the bloated, pruny appearance of something that's been floating aimlessly for longer than anybody cares to remember.
| Original Score: 42/100