Waterland (1992)

Based on the novel by Graham Swift, this drama follows the past and present crises of schoolteacher Tom Crick (Jeremy Irons), who attempts to resolve the problems in his own life and the apathy of his students by relating stories of his… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 30, 1992
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Swift's elegant, descriptive phrases coexist inelegantly with classroom vulgarisms. And there almost making it all work as a portrait in despondency and realization is Irons, a walking requiem to lost innocence.

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Anthony Lane
Independent (UK)

Incest, drowning, teenage sex on a train: it's all here, but none of it clings to your mind.

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Time Out

It's a brave endeavour, held together by Robert Elswit's poetic photography, and by Irons' authoritative impression of the crumbling desperation behind the chalk-dusted facade of a pensive history man.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The strange fact about "Waterland" is the way the performances and the dialogue are worthier than the story itself.

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Emanuel Levy

A flawed adaptation of Swift's novel, though the acting of Jeremy Irons and others is good.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

With a dazed, frightened expression and the keen sense that his life is coming undone, Mr. Irons's Tom becomes a rivetingly sad figure, and a sharp focus for the film's many reveries.

Washington Post

The adaptation doesn't quite hold. But in this flashback narrative, set in England's beautiful eastern wetlands, there are many passages of filmic -- and geographic -- beauty.

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Pamela Bruce
Austin Chronicle

Gyllenhaal refers to Waterland as "a world of the mind." and it is an experience definitely worth exploring.

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Jim Hunter
Based on the novel by Graham Swift - a wonderful British author - <i>Waterland</i> tells the story of a history teacher who tells his students as… More