"Deepa Mehta's Earth is a painful and horrifying tale of the partition of India and its aftermath. Its technical accomplishments alone make it worthy of attention: an economic and imaginative use of colours, sound, sophisticated cross-cutting, editing and graphic compositions which are sometimes as detailed and evocative as paintings. [...] The film seems to work as a mirror image of the rise of communal frenzy, hatred and violence in India [in the 1940s], but in reflecting that rise the film may be most important as an attempt to expose it to the Indian audience that was so involved in this frenzy."
-- Neelam Raisinghani
Raisinghani, Neelam. "Wounded India in Deepa Mehta's 1947-Earth." In Films, Literature, and Culture: Deepa Mehta's Elements Trilogy, edited by Jasbir Jain. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2007. (p. 156)