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      2009 1h 49m Documentary List
      60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Filmmaker Kevin McMahon looks into the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the Great Lakes. Read More Read Less

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      Peter Howell Toronto Star The veteran Canuck documentarian tours the five lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario -- and reflects upon a sad litany of abuses that man and nature have inflicted upon this fragile fluidity. Rated: 3/4 Jun 10, 2009 Full Review Liam Lacey Globe and Mail This threat shouldn't require any overselling, but McMahon can't resist and you seriously wish the script had gone through another level of filtration to take out more of the lumpy bits (and the excess of musical selections). Rated: 2/4 Jun 5, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An informative no-nonsense educational nature film about the future state of the deteriorating Great Lakes. Rated: B Oct 22, 2010 Full Review Jam! Movies Waterlife has a lot to say about the importance of the fresh water supplied by the Great Lakes, but the film doesn't neglect to show the extraordinary beauty of these bodies of water. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 5, 2009 Full Review National Post Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 1800 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A documentary examining the Great Lakes elaborate ecosystem and the threat posed by climate change and pollution (hello Detroit). Hmmm why do 50% of beluga whales have cancer? Lets go back along the food chain and up the river to find out. Lets get horrified, scared and depressed by what we see. Some beautiful scenery but mostly this depressed the hell out of me. Why am I even bothering to recycle my meager tin cans when big companies are devastating the land and water and places like Chicago are still pumping their sewage into the waterways (you can't even touch the water there) Frustrating and well done documentary with some cool little graphics of carcinogens floating about and explained in a Jurassic Park (carton) sort of way. 08.13 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Some great shots of the Great Lakes, and an interesting soundtrack. The futue of our lakes doesn't look too good based on this film, which is depressing. Also has a really fun interactive movie website. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Was excited to watch this one and the first chunk of it is encouraging but it inevitably descends into a repetitive litany of environmental catastrophes (not in a good way) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Follow the journey and tribulations of water through this last great fresh water resource, and see the tragic accidents of history as well as a reflection of how man is too dumb to know what's good for them. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Nothing about this was engaging for me. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member quite boring, and i hated that the maps weren't labelled. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Filmmaker Kevin McMahon looks into the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the Great Lakes.
      Kevin McMahon
      Gerry Flahive
      Original Language
      1h 49m