Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 88
    In the absolutely moving new documentary Watermarks, seven women in their 80s return to the Vienna swimming pool of their youth.
  2. The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938.
  3. A moving documentary that approaches the Holocaust from a fresh, intimate perspective.
  4. Not a great movie, but contains fascinating historical material.
  5. Reviewed by: Debra Birnbaum
    Ultimately a moving, poignant tale about triumph in the face of the unthinkable.
  6. More than just a nostalgia trip.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Each woman is a terrific interview, and if the climactic vision of these still beautiful ladies gliding through the water doesn't bring a lump to your throat, you surely have no heart.
  8. 70
    Though Zilberman's affection for the women leads to some indulgent digression, the doc's low-key tone (and lack of the stock, timpani-backed Nazi iconography) throws certain anecdotes into powerful relief.
  9. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Snappy, affecting documentary.
  10. Unfortunately their story ends just as it becomes most provocative.
  11. 60
    Not especially lively filmmaking, but Zilberman has unearthed some terrific footage of the club in its heyday.
  12. As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational.
  13. 50
    Well-intentioned and exceedingly nice, Watermarks aspires to warm the soul, but succeeds only in numbing the mind.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. KathrynD.
    Jun 25, 2006
    Remarkable! Moving and educational. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I will never forget viewing this. This is one of those rare things that the world would be a better place for seeing. Full Review »
  2. JackW.
    Jan 14, 2006
    Riveting. Finally, a "real" movie from those times, that brinkgs us back in time and then forward to the real people, as they are today, interacting together once again. Brilliant. Full Review »