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7.8

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Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

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  1. Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    The painfully spot-on essence of teen angst meets the spirit of Esther Williams in Water Lilies. First film by gifted scripter-helmer Celine Sciamma nails the aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15- and 16-year-old girls.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    70
    French director CĂ©line Sciamma doesn't quite have the stun of discovery--mortified adolescent sexuality is something of a national specialty, after all--but she inexhaustibly endeavors after the indelible image.