• Released
  • April 4, 2008
  • NR , 1 hr 25 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Everything in Water Lilies is more guarded, more complex and far more interesting than it seems.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Though the material is familiar, Sciamma has a light touch and avoids many teen-movie cliches.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Dismissed in some quarters as trash because it depicts a sexual act (of sorts) between two teenage girls, Water Lilies struck me instead as a hypnotic and wholly convincing look at teen culture from the inside, with all its courage, cruelty and unspoken codes of silence intact.
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70

Village Voice

French director Céline Sciamma doesn't quite have the stun of discovery--mortified adolescent sexuality is something of a national specialty, after all--but she inexhaustibly endeavors after the indelible image.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
The elegant Water Lilies is not about answers but about discovery of self and of others in all its pain and pleasure.
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70

Variety

By Lisa Nesselson
The painfully spot-on essence of teen angst meets the spirit of Esther Williams in Water Lilies. First film by gifted scripter-helmer Celine Sciamma nails the aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15- and 16-year-old girls.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A distant thematic and artistic cousin of Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" and Lucrecia Martel's "The Holy Girl."
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Though Water Lilies endlessly teases the audience with its sapphic subtext and young female flesh, Sciamma seems most interested in showing how extremely cruel adolescent girls can be to each other.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut.
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50

New York Daily News

With no adults to add melodrama, the sweet Water Lilies depends on the emotion in its young performers' faces to move forward.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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