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Reviews: The Water Diviner (2015)

water_divinerReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe debuta tras las cámaras con una película que no responde a la épica implícita a lo que cuenta. Una puesta de largo correcta, con lagunas técnicas y rítmicas pero que se asienta sobre una base claramente bondadosa.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe moves behind the camera for the first time for this heartfelt, if inconsistently directed, story
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: From a hauntingly surreal opening through a dewy, personal second act and onto a grand, epic conclusion, The Water Diviner frequently confounds, not just because of who Crowe is and what one expects from the forceful actor.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Water Diviner almost succeeds by way of its unfaltering sincerity, but the movie is too unfocused—its narrative components too inconsistent—for it to have much of an effect.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe makes his directing debut with this poignant, somber W.W. I drama.
  • John Hanlon @ JohnHanlonReviews.com
    • Excerpt: A notably ambitious endeavor that thrives when it’s focused on the main character and his family but falters when it focuses on an unnecessary romantic subplot.
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: If noble intentions were art, The Water Diviner would be as great as it clearly wants to be. But they aren’t and it’s not.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: When director Crowe sticks to historical adventure, his film is tense and exciting. But it lacks a sense of magic that it needs to make it fully engaging.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Crowe’s first film effectively shows the horror and waste of war but trips over distracting melodrama and an opposites attract romance
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Narratively conventional and historically somewhat problematic, ‘The Water Diviner’ is less of a testament to Russell Crowe’s directorial abilities than to the genius of the late cinematographer Andrew Lesnie.
  • [New – 7/30/15] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The film is well-acted, beautifully photographed (by late cinematographer, and thematically rich.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Not quite a wash…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Earnest and well-intentioned – if also formulaic and expectedly maudlin – the compelling premise is given a surprisingly relaxed, somewhat low-key treatment by the first-time director.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A sentmenhtal period tale…schmaltzy but generally agreeable in a determinedly old-fashioned way.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Russell Crowe gives a nice try but gets no cigar in this maudlin rehash of a horrendous moment in history.
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:23 pm
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