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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As a sign of how stubborn some irrational religious traditions can be, Hindu protesters forced Mehta to close down her Indian location and finish the film in neighboring Sri Lanka. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The writer-director doesn't raise her voice, even as she firmly condemns the injustice. Water seduces us with its beauty and sorrow. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The best elements of Water involve the young girl and the experiences seen through her eyes. I would have been content if the entire film had been her story. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Lurking just beneath Water's serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    Succeeds in its central goal: to turn a forgotten class of women into real, memorable human beings who deserve a different life. show more

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