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The Weight of Water Reviews

May 30, 2011
The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 19, 2002
The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 16, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2002
The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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.
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-
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.
November 2, 2002
It's got a good director. Good cast. Good source material. Yet it still sinks like a stone.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
October 31, 2002
Heavy-handed exercise in time-vaulting literary pretension.
October 31, 2002
Bigelow directs this screen version of Anita Shreve's complex novel with polish and a flair for the melodramatic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2002
Lovingly detailed but unaccountably clumsy, obviously ambitious, and unfortunately chintzy.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 42/100