(I) (2007)

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Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
At the heart of this picturesque fable is a truism so shopworn it can barely stand repeating: It's better to give than to receive.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
Smith transfers an Iowa-based short story by Randy Russell to India's western Goa region -- and works in Hindi, primarily with novice actors. The result is a story both authentically specific and profoundly global.
The Hollywood Reporter
Uplifting without a drop of sap, the tale of a boy's obsession with a glittering swimming pool and how it changes four lives offers numerous pleasures and one of the most satisfying and resonant conclusions to be seen in recent cinema.
Like Anderson, many directors claim to value local color, but few have gone as far, or achieved such impressive results, as has Chris Smith in The Pool.
Except for Patekar, the main actors are nonprofessionals, which works nicely here.
Chicago Tribune
It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger. Smith and his mixture of actors and non-actors remind us that an act of generosity is all it takes to change a life.
A charming and enjoyable movie.
This simple film can be quite a great diversion from our every day grind. The camera style, characters, and visual look are all quite impressive, while maintaining an easy accessibility for the audience's eyes. It is only too bad that the film feels so sluggish.
Smith ("American Movie") sees the poetry in everyday people, and lets his rambling story find its own rhythm.

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