The Weight of Water
The Weight of Water (2001)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 6, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The story is too muddled to build any interest.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Sara Michelle Fetters

But Bigelow creates such an intoxicating swell it is hard to not get drawn in to the whole convoluted mess these era-spanning characters find themselves in.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I enjoyed the plots. It took a while to become comfortable with the dual stories.
John Ballantine
You would have expected more from Bigelow's directorial debut particularly when she had Sean Penn and Sarah Polley to use but this is a boat that seems to… More
Gordon Anderson
Sarah Polley saves a predictable fable from drowning in Sean Penn's ham.
Jeffrey Meyers
The Weight of Water follows two stories, one about a mysterious double murder in the 1870s, the other a modern day story line that seeks answers to the first.… More
Dean McKenna
Very strange intriguing premise - solving a 100-year-old double murder - promises much but ultimately sinks under the weight of its own complexity. Even Sean… More
Deb S
This movie switches between the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 and the modern day story of a newspaper photographer, Jean (Catherine… More