Roger Ebert, Chicago
Rated 2 Stars
"The Weight of Water" tells two stories..While
either one of the stories could make a plausible thriller, the
movie's structure undercuts them both...The older story is the more
"The movie was directed by
Kathryn Bigelow, whose "Strange Days" (1995) was a smart futuristic
thriller...but with "The Weight of Water" I think her problems began
with the very decision to tell these two stories
J. Hoberman, Village
Rated 2 1/2 Stars
"Bigelow weaves this ambiguous
marital thriller with a more compelling Nordic tale of incest,
jealousy, and murder."
"But like Bigelow's earlier movies, it's lazily scripted. The
plot is filled with inconsistencies; the dialogue borders on
risible. The experience is structural and visual/".
… with The Weight of Water, Bigelow has taken a big step
backwards. Despite a top-notch cast and some evocative photography,
this movie is stillborn. Its lengthy period of inertia in the vaults
of Lions Gate Films is as good an indicator as anything of its lack
Geri Pare, Catholic News
"As the characters in the contemporary story don't have a lot to
say, and the fact-based 19th-century tale is one-note grim and
gloomy, the movie isn't terribly satisfying."
in the NY Times
"There is so much to admire.. that when the
movie finally collapses on itslef late in the game, it leaves you in
the frustrating position of having to pick up the scattered pieces
and assemble them as best you can."
Girl on IOfilm.com
Rated 4 Stars
"It is difficult to blend past and present action seamlessly, but
director Kathryn Bigelow does it quite well."
Erica Abeel in Film
"Bigelow and writers Alice Arlen and Christopher Kyle have
clunkily adapted the movie from the atmospheric best-selling novel
by Anita Shreve..."
exception, the acting is deplorable...Only the marvelous Sarah
Polley shines as Maren, the ill-used wife..."
Turner in New York Post
Rated 2 Stars
'"The Weight of
Water, adapted from Anita Shreve's best-selling novel, premiered two
years ago at the Toronto Film Festival and it's grown slightly moldy
on the shelf awaiting a cinematic release."
"All the elements are in place for an entertaining murder
mystery, but as Bigelow meanders aimlessly back and forth through
time, the plot becomes increasingly
Germain, AP Movie Writer
"Kathryn Bigelow's "The Weight of Water" may be the year's most
suitably titled movie, a dense, pressing drama that's impressively
fluid in reach but which ultimately drowns in its own gravity."
Carla Meyer in SF
"The 1870s scenes provide
more intrigue.. and the other featuring such badly drawn characters
that the outcome hardly matters."
King in Chicago Tribune
tangle pales next to the grisly 1873 crime of
passion and revenge that is the film's far richer companion plot."
"The Weight of Water" depends on a seamless integration of Jean
and Maren's stories for the larger narrative to work -- but even
with Bigelow's fluid editing, the strands never convincingly plait
Proulx, Concord Monitor
"Seacoast residents have anticipated the movie's arrival since
shooting began in 1999. What's surprising is how long it took
Hollywood to sink its claws into the strange tale. Had these crimes
been committed 100 years later, Maren Hontvedt would still be
cashing her royalty checks."
Kilgore, Daily Trojan at So.Cal.
"It's really too bad, because the acting is superb and nearly
every other aspect of the movie is, too. Unfortunately, the icing
needs a cake to sit on — a movie without a story is not much of a
movie at all."
Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
Rated 2 1/2
"If for nothing else, see this movie for the tremendous acting.
Polley and Hurley are the real standouts -- in fact, this may be
each of their best work to date."
Williams, Film Threat
"Weight of Water" has way too much story going on for it's own
good. None of the characters or plot-lines are fleshed-out enough to
build any interest."
Rated 2 1/2
"Kathryn Bigelow's attractive film version of Anita Shreve's
novel is a gripping plunge but a remote one, suffering from the
weight of one too many inexpressible thoughts."
"...a clumsy adaptation of Anita Shreve's much-lauded