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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Engrossing documentary. show more

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal

    A deeply moving story of resilience and redemption. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal utilize the footage Kim and Scott Roberts had taken throughout the disaster, showing how residents suffered, survived and came together to help when official assistance let them down. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kimberly's ground-zero home video of the storm is what really makes the film exceptional, although much of it is of such rough quality and execution that it struggles to hold up on the big screen. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The documentary shows outrageous behavior, none more so than when they and many others are directed to a nearby Navy base for refuge. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Trouble the Water is so much better and truer and deeper and more illuminating than either of them ("Bowling for Columbine"/"Fahrenheit 9/11"). show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Slowly builds power to devastating effect. show more

  • 88

    A remarkable and disturbing look at the personal stories glossed over by the headlines. show more

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