Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The writer-director doesn't raise her voice, even as she firmly condemns the injustice. Water seduces us with its beauty and sorrow.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Boston Globe

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

By Claudia Puig
A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie takes the form of a lackluster women's-prison picture.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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