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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quite possibly the best picture of the year thus far, with no fewer than three of the most luminous female performances I have ever seen onscreen."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Ebbs and flows with devastating truths and profound insights into the hypocrisy of extremism in any religion."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"... the incidence of violence against women at home or in institutions give Mehta's 1938 tale a currency that confirms the old notion "actions change, but attitudes do not.""
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Though it's a story told with feminist sensitivity, it's also the most relevant perspective for such injustice to women."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Mehta prevailed, and this scandalous, beautiful and very moving tale of repression, hope and a tragedy is her triumph, and Hindu India's shame."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Mehta's film is courageous and reticent, a shout masquerading as a whisper."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Powerful tale that unfortunately fails to provide any kind of real historical context for the oppression of Indian widows."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"One of the best films of the year."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Full of lush, fluid cinematography and evocative music, Water is an important look at a social injustice, and Mehta's most accomplished film yet."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Unfolds with the clean, simple lines of a fairy tale, and if the characters initially seem to be too black-or-white to be believable, the moral complexity of the story reveals itself in a gradual, subtle manner."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Reminds us that Mehta is a filmmaker of courage -- she refused to abandon this film even after fundamentalist protestors shut down the production in India -- and singular style, telling stories that have never been told on screen."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Perhaps the adversity of making the movie allowed the filmmakers and actors to empathize more fully with the subject and characters of Water."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Surprisingly, not much has changed in the last 70 years. The tradition of sequestering widows continues in India. Mehta deserves praise for spotlighting this situation. WATER is one of the year's best films."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"... gorgeous and heartbreaking... full of glorious, unforgettably pretty images... But they do not overpower Mehta's involving drama or the exceptionally fine performances of her stars..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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