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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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  1. 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. Collapse
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83

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. You can't make this stuff up. You can, however, capture it on film for all time. Trouble the Water is ineradicably moving.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    70
    Kimberly's ground-zero home video of the storm is what really makes the film exceptional, although much of it is of such rough quality and execution that it struggles to hold up on the big screen.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Though tinged with the sheer gumption and personal resolve of amateur vidmaker and would-be rapper Kimberly Roberts, this is ultimately a minor doc contribution to the bulging library of Katrina-related films and TV reports.