A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Haynes could have made something ordinary here and not faced much backlash, but he’s gone above and beyond, inserting an auteur’s sensibility and an activist’s rage into a gripping procedural.| Read in full: Dark Waters movie review We Love Cinema
Dark Waters is a movie that works marvellously well within its own generic terms, and perhaps after the fey disappointment of Todd Haynes’s previous, rather insufferable fantasy Wonderstruck, this tough, clear movie was what Haynes needed to clear his creative palate.The Guardian
There is a quiet, creeping sense of dread throughout Dark Waters, which blends horror and neo-noir elements with the structure of a political thriller to create an absorbing, fiercely original end product.Little White Lies
Even as its portrait of a working-class enclave afflicted by physical and ideological contaminants mostly spans the early 2000s, Dark Waters can’t help but feel contemporary – a Trump movie even if it doesn’t speak his name.Sight & Sound
What makes it a Haynes film, besides the evocative camera genius of Haynes regular Ed Lachman, is something intangible and mysterious.Rolling Stone
Ruffalo’s passion project is a didactic tale of corporate malfeasance, but its environmental concerns have a profound sense of purpose.IndieWire