Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    The documentary shows outrageous behavior, none more so than when they and many others are directed to a nearby Navy base for refuge.
  2. Trouble the Water is so much better and truer and deeper and more illuminating than either of them ("Bowling for Columbine"/"Fahrenheit 9/11").
  3. 100
    Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive.
  4. 100
    If possible, Roberts' movie-within-a-movie is even more amazing than it sounds. She captures a tale of courage, heroism and tragedy more thrilling than any Hollywood spectacle.
  5. 100
    It's a damning indictment of a national disgrace, but it also reveals the incredible faith and resilience of people who have nothing to rely on but themselves.
  6. A marvelous documentary that brings home the terror and heroism brought forth by the Katrina debacle.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    90
    A deeply moving story of resilience and redemption.
  8. 88
    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
  9. 88
    Slowly builds power to devastating effect.
  10. Reviewed by: Pauline Pechin
    88
    A remarkable and disturbing look at the personal stories glossed over by the headlines.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RogerH.
    Dec 9, 2008
    10
    Brilliant, brilliant, compelling doc. True passion
  2. SusanS.
    Oct 16, 2008
    10
    Powerful stuff, and a hard reminder of the state of our union.
  3. Sep 1, 2011
    7
    As motivational as it is, the story of one hurricane Katrina victim doesn't spread far enough to convey any real message. Its interesting but that is about it. The last half an hour is filled with her rap career in order to create a feature length film. I loved the footage from inside the house as the hurricane swept across and also the stories that were told. We just never care deep enough for the main character to ever become fully invested in her and her life. Full Review »