Reviews 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.
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