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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    One of this year's better studies of the human soul. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    As Crowhurst's situation grows desperate, the scope of the film expands -- from a good yarn to a haunting, complex tale of self-promotion, media madness, self-delusion and, finally, self-destruction. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The story of Donald Crowhurst is not one of remarkable courage or remarkable endurance. But it is remarkable. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This fine documentary mixes archival footage, interviews with the sailor's family and sponsors, and - most amazingly - excerpts from the film and audiotape diary kept by Crowhurst. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A stunning documentary that not only beautifully elucidates a nearly forgotten incident but touches on crucial themes involving isolation, sanity, self-worth, impossible dreams, the nature of heroism and limits of human endurance. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The real emotional impact of the film lies in the candid interviews with Crowhurst's wife, Clare, and his son, Simon, both of whom are clearly still haunted by Crowhurst and his fateful voyage. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Deep Water is a documentary, but it's also one part adventure film, one part Greek tragedy, and one part meditation on the role of the "hero" in modern society. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It's like watching a slow multi-car pileup on an icy road: Everyone can see what's about to happen, but nobody can stop it. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Even though the subject of this British documentary is a traveller who got lost in a more terrestrial sort of void, the spirit of the stranded astronaut haunts Deep Water. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Deep Water, which had seemed like a sort of Conrad novel, takes on the aspect of Dickens at his darkest. show more

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