(I) (2005)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals.
88
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.
75
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.
75
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
75
A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming.
75
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.
75
Miami Herald
Lurking just beneath Water's serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion.
75
Succeeds in its central goal: to turn a forgotten class of women into real, memorable human beings who deserve a different life.
60
Wall Street Journal
A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script.
50
Entertainment Weekly
The movie takes the form of a lackluster women's-prison picture.

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