Aquarela

critic Reviews

88% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score88%
  • Patiently constructed and beautifully filmed, Aquarela views man's relationship with water through a sobering -- and awe-inducing -- lens.
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Katie Smith-WongFlick Feast
    Ultimately, Aquarela is a dull, one-tone documentary that offers a pretentious filmmaking approach. What saves this from being a total washout is its cinematography.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Douglas DavidsonElements of Madness
    Drawing from the translation of its name, "watercolor," Aquarela features no real narrative as it moves languidly from beginning to end. In this way, Aquarela is an absolutely mesmerizing piece of cinema.
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    Micheal ComptonBowling Green Daily News
    It's an incredible film to watch unfold, with Kossakovsky's crew capturing some fascinating imagery that is absolutely breathtaking.
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    Mike ScottTimes-Picayune
    A display of singular cinematography, with long, entrancing shots that lend it a mesmerizing quality - and help make it one of the most beautifully shot films of the year.
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    John UrbancichYour Movies (cleveland.com)
    Nature's sound and fury become the lone reasons to see and maybe embrace it and, even at less than 90 minutes, such relentless imagery feels like a lot of watching.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    Some of this is spectacular, some beautiful. But isn't this lazy documentary-making? How about some insight, some perspective?
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Chuck YarboroughCleveland Plain Dealer
    It's a frightening, galvanizing, awe-inspiring 90 minutes in which water and water alone is the main character.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    The footage often surprises, enough to make viewers jump upright in their seats. At other times, though, it's like an oversized screensaver, calming and hypnotic.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    "Aquarela" isn't exactly a canary-in-the-coal-mine documentary, but it comes close enough that you may pause and rethink your views. ...
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christopher LloydThe Film Yap
    Viktor Kossakovsky's often-mesmerizing, occasionally stultifying documentary explores the hidden world of ocean water.
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