Trouble the Water
Trouble the Water (2008)

"Trouble the Water" takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall--just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that most… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This incredible documentary displays the tragedy and mismanagement of Katrina along with the heroism of strangers and survivors.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

'God's gonna trouble the water,' goes the chorus from the African-American spiritual that gives Trouble the Water its title, but no deity is to blame for the tide of bureaucratic bungling and inhumanity the movie reveals.

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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle

You can't help wanting -- and maybe needing -- to read into her indomitable spiritedness something like a reason for hope. For her, for other Katrina survivors, for all of us.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The person at the centre emerges as a force of nature unto herself. Meet, and prepare to be inspired by, Kimberly Rivers Roberts.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's not quite a Grapes of Wrath for our times, but Trouble the Water does give a voice to people America didn't see or listen to before Katrina.

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Emanuel Levy

Timely, relevant, and touching documentary that needs to be seen.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Essential, startling and distressing insight into what it was like to be in the eye of the Katrina storm if you were a poor, black resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Monday August 29 2005.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

More than most documentaries, this mosaiclike movie is made up of many pieces, and it's considerably more than the sum of those parts.

Ian Buckwalter

The most affecting footage of Hurricane Katrina ever seen comes from an amateur camcorder bought on the street for twenty bucks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her family survive Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. The film takes several pot shots at the Bush Administration and the local… More
John Ballantine
Unfortunately Deal and Lessin had to deal with Spike Lee's "epic" on the Hurricane and will forever have to be compared with that work.… More
Robert C
While this is a bit too (understandably) biased to be labeled a true is still quite a powerful look at one of the most horrific events in… More
Joey Nevarez
politically rousing
Walter M.
"Trouble the Water" is a documentary about Kim and Scott Roberts who lacking transportation decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina in their home in New… More
William Goss
Damning ground-level portrait of how tragic Katrina ultimately turned out to be. Second only to Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke.