The Weight of Water
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Journalist Jean Janes begins researching the 1873 axe-murder of two sisters and discovers new information in the case. Meanwhile, her marriage to writer Thomas begins to fall apart.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Nem as ótimas performances de Sarah Polley e Sean Penn conseguem conferir energia a este filme, cujas histórias desenvolvidas paralelamente se anulam de forma implacável."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Bigelow offers some flashy twists and turns that occasionally fortify this turgid fable. But for the most part, The Weight of Water comes off as a two-way time-switching myopic mystery that stalls in its lackluster gear of emotional blandness."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Elegantly crafted but emotionally cold, a puzzle whose intricate construction one can admire but is difficult to connect with on any deeper level."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Artistically speaking, Bigelow's drama may be her most ambitous and personal film to date, a multi-layered (period and contemporary) psychological thriller that borrows from Bergman's masterpiece Persona; commercially, however, it's problematic."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"There are a few wrong notes, and the ending is too enigmatic for its own good, but for a studio production the film is uncommonly intelligent and uncompromising."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The film might appeal to those who've already read the book, but it's unlikely those who haven't will find much of anything to enjoy here."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Despite an impressive roster of stars and direction from Kathryn Bigelow, The Weight of Water is oppressively heavy."
‑ Christopher Null,
"[Two] fairly dull -- contrasting and interlocking stories about miserable Scandinavian settlers in 18th-century Canada, and yuppie sailboaters in the here and now."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Shreve's graceful dual narrative gets clunky on the screen, and we keep getting torn away from the compelling historical tale to a less-compelling soap opera."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It doesn't surprise me that this film sat for two years in storage before released, as the final version appeared clunky."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The superior plotline isn't quite enough to drag along the dead (water) weight of the other."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Sarah Polley deserves some kind of recognition for her role in this film."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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