"A purely sensationalistic cinematic experience that paradoxically encourages reflection and contemplation."
— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive."
— Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
"It triggers a sense of awe, for the pure, natural beauty it allows us to witness; for the raw, ruthless power it captures; and for its towering display of artistry."
— Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Eco-documentary on H20 in the age of climate change - from crumbling icebergs to chaotic hurricanes - is both gorgeous and terrifying. The shape of water, indeed."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie, like the elemental forces we continue to exacerbate, never explains itself. Surrender to it, though, and a narrative - of spectacle, conflict and retaliation - will eventually become clear."
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Aquarela is truly a theatrical experience that benefits from the dark, distraction-free nature of the theater, in which the cycles of water, from frozen lakes to hurricanes, becomes an all-consuming force."
— Christian Gallichio, The Playlist
"A feast of HD imagery so crisp as to be almost disorienting, this is immersive experiential cinema with no firm storytelling trajectory, though viewers can read what environmental warnings they may into its rushing spectacle."
— Guy Lodge, Variety
"Aquarela is first and foremost a spectacle. When the Apocalyptica music is cranked up high, and the screen’s awash in dazzlingly sharp, hypnotically swirling images of cresting waves, viewers could certainly take a moment to contemplate the importance of water to our global ecosystem. Or they could just drink it in."
— Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"A work of singular beauty and a significant technical achievement, the film makes water audible — the thumps and groans of calving glaciers sound like the planet coming apart — and almost palpable; heaving mountains of blue-black waves in an Atlantic storm convey stupendous mass and titanic energy as in no motion picture I’ve seen before."
— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal