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The Water Diviner

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Australia, United States
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2014

Rated R · 1h 52m

Director Russell Crowe
Starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz

Genre Drama, War

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In 1919, in the aftermath of his wife's suicide, Australian farmer Joshua Connor attempts to find his three sons, who were presumed dead in the Battle of Gallipoli four years earlier. Joshua travels to Turkey, navigating a country ravaged by trauma and continuing violence to find the truth about what happened to his children.

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Empire by

It’s an odd mix of "Saving Private Ryan" odyssey and romantic melodrama. It has sincerity, sensitivity and is often ravishing to look at but is let down by a chocolate box love story. Still, Crowe still might have a "Braveheart"/"Dances With Wolves" in him yet.
60

Variety by Eddie Cockrell

An often capriciously mixed cocktail of war film and cross-cultural family melodrama, The Water Diviner marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe.
50

Slant Magazine by Matt Brennan

In straining for the profound, the film ultimately loses its way in a veritable no-man's land of ill-conceived stylistic choices and narrative switchbacks.
50

Observer by Rex Reed

As a director, Mr. Crowe’s camera meanders all over the place; as an actor, he mumbles and growls his way through the carnage like it was nothing more important than a re-make of Gladiator, filmed on old sets from Gene Autry westerns.
63

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The performances are moving and get the job done, and Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) wins us over by the way she slowly lets Connor, her enemy, win her sympathy.

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