Dark Waters

Dark Waters

Dark Waters

Three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) leads this exposé thriller playing the real-life corporate defense attorney who took on the DuPont chemical company polluting the town's water supply. From Academy Award-nominated director Todd Haynes (Carol) and co-starring Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins.

2019Rating: M, Offensive language & content that may disturb127 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
95%
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Flicks, Steve Newall

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While Dark Waters may be watchable enough, and its true story rage-inducing, there’s a reason it didn’t trouble awards season as a winner (or even contender) itself—a competently told tale, sure, but one that doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from other legal dramas outside of its subject matter.

3.0

Decades of corporate cover up and over a decade long court case, all unsettling and all gloom, but also a clinic on persistence and resilience.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Rather than rely on the flashy, here Haynes simply lets the terrible facts speak for themselves. It’s not a fun watch, but it is an engrossing indictment of commercial greed and disregard for human life.

Newshub

Newshub

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Patient, procedural, potent, I urge you to take the dive and swim these Dark Waters. You may feel the need for a scalding hot shower afterwards and even then you might find yourself wondering what was in the water.

FilmInk

FilmInk

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… likeable not only for what it includes but for what it excludes: excessive swelling strings, histrionic speeches and ‘redemptive’ messages.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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The groundswell of dogged determination propelling this environmental thriller is so powerful that it deals effortlessly with the knotty tangle of facts packed into its plot.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

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A true-life tale filled with twists, turns and thought-provoking and troubling messages, Dark Waters is compelling viewing and a reminder of the irony of DuPont's famous slogan "better living through chemistry".

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

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The bad guys have all the money but at least we have indie filmmakers and movie stars like Ruffalo.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Seeing "Dark Waters" makes you wonder not why more people don't call corporations to account, but why anyone does. And makes us all the more grateful when they do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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It's exceedingly well executed and technically impeccable...

The Guardian

The Guardian

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As a drama, it's patchy but as a document, it's undeniable.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

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Of course we all hate insidious environmental destruction; it's valuable to have movies about that. This one works fine enough. But let the other less-talented filmmakers make them.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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It's a sad but honest view of the meagre amount many people can expect from life.

Variety

Variety

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Todd Haynes has made the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe.

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

While Dark Waters may be watchable enough, and its true story rage-inducing, there’s a reason it didn’t trouble awards season as a winner (or even contender) itself—a competently told tale, sure, but one that doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from other legal dramas outside of its subject matter.

3.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Rather than rely on the flashy, here Haynes simply lets the terrible facts speak for themselves. It’s not a fun watch, but it is an engrossing indictment of commercial greed and disregard for human life.

Newshub

Newshub

press

Patient, procedural, potent, I urge you to take the dive and swim these Dark Waters. You may feel the need for a scalding hot shower afterwards and even then you might find yourself wondering what was in the water.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

… likeable not only for what it includes but for what it excludes: excessive swelling strings, histrionic speeches and ‘redemptive’ messages.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The groundswell of dogged determination propelling this environmental thriller is so powerful that it deals effortlessly with the knotty tangle of facts packed into its plot.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A true-life tale filled with twists, turns and thought-provoking and troubling messages, Dark Waters is compelling viewing and a reminder of the irony of DuPont's famous slogan "better living through chemistry".

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

The bad guys have all the money but at least we have indie filmmakers and movie stars like Ruffalo.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Seeing "Dark Waters" makes you wonder not why more people don't call corporations to account, but why anyone does. And makes us all the more grateful when they do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's exceedingly well executed and technically impeccable...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As a drama, it's patchy but as a document, it's undeniable.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Of course we all hate insidious environmental destruction; it's valuable to have movies about that. This one works fine enough. But let the other less-talented filmmakers make them.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's a sad but honest view of the meagre amount many people can expect from life.

Variety

Variety

press

Todd Haynes has made the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe.

Decades of corporate cover up and over a decade long court case, all unsettling and all gloom, but also a clinic on persistence and resilience.

4.0