100

San Francisco Chronicle

One of this year's better studies of the human soul.
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A spooky, moving documentary.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The story of Donald Crowhurst is not one of remarkable courage or remarkable endurance. But it is remarkable.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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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.
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63

Boston Globe

Deep Water, which had seemed like a sort of Conrad novel, takes on the aspect of Dickens at his darkest.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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