Trouble the Water Synopsis
A couple stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina document their survival.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Trouble the Water is so much better and truer and deeper and more illuminating than either of them ("Bowling for Columbine"/"Fahrenheit...
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Essential, unique viewing.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The documentary shows outrageous behavior, none more so than when they and many others are directed to a nearby Navy base for refuge.
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90

Wall Street Journal

A deeply moving story of resilience and redemption.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Engrossing documentary.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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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...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film is so immersed in Roberts's life that it becomes easy to think that most of what the camera sees is also from her perspective....
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal utilize the footage Kim and Scott Roberts had taken throughout the disaster, showing how residents...
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Eye opening in many ways

By SpiderSenseTingling
Not being from that area, you hear on the news how terrible Katrina was but you didn't really understand the impact until after you see this movie. Takes you behind the scenes of what life was like...

Very interesting look at Katrinia's impact on the people of the lower 9th ward

By lmaturo
Apparently someone in the lower ninth ward, who did not evacuate, had a movie camera going during the hurricane. Very interesting look at what it was like to stay with the water rising. It also...

Amazing, powerful film

By LDominic
A 24 year old street hustler from the 9th ward (and her dope dealer husband) film Katrina as it is happening, and then continues to film for a year and a half afterwards. She films the water rising...

Trouble The Water

By cathy2950
This film was very interesting. It provided us with actual accounts of what families experienced during and after the hurricane and the levee breach. I am amazed at how the government treated...

Must see

By justthisonce
The beginning was a bit slow and I'm not sure I would have edited the same way going back and forth from past to present so much but all in all it was a fabulous movie. It was sad, frightening,...

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By jackotter
THE SHAKINESS OF THE FILM FOR MUCH OF THE TIME ACTUALLY MADE ME SICK,LIKE SEA SICKNESS AND I HAD TO LEAVE ABOUT 7O% OF THE WAY THROUGH. I DID LIKE THE THINGS THAT WERE SHOWN AND HOW IT CAPTURED THE...

A masterful reminder of the plight of the poor!

By ishabazz
This film was a sure reality check during this time when too many of us are suffering from "yes I can, CHANGE" syndrome! The unfortunate reality remains that while we have political discussions...

You have to see this from start to finish

By MsTawney
This was so interesting. Katrina should be something that no of us should be tired of hearing about. While troops were abroad fighting a senseless *** war with people Bush was in bed with (check out...

An Emotional Ride on the Racemobile!

By Uchesgirl
When I previewed the trailer for this movie, I knew it was going to be a great movie! I didn't know how great, unit the very end of the movie after the credits were rolling. This documentary...

Trouble In the Water

By marshau
It's a powerful documentary that reminds us of our humanity and the will to survive....