"'Becoming Cousteau' is a dazzling dive into the depths of an undersea world."
— Kristen Lopez, indieWire
"Becoming Cousteau will well serve as a reminder and clarifier for those who remember him from their youth, and an invigorating introduction for those meeting him for the first time."
— Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily
"Cousteau, who died in 1997, described himself as "a witness to change." This respectful, visually compelling biography invites -- indeed, implores - a new generation to bear witness, too."
— Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap
"What’s ultimately most compelling about Becoming Cousteau isn’t so much that it harkens back to a time when a sailor and scientist could be a household name, but rather that it engages with how the man used that fame."
— Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Becoming Cousteau is very much a film about Cousteau composed from his own images and words that are spoken by Vincent Cassel. We learn of inventions designed to further the cause of underwater exploration and witness the oceanographic voyages of the Calypso. Becoming Cousteau allows us to understand that in many ways his story is the story of the environmental movement."
— Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Consistently engrossing as well as informative, the film delivers a richly humanistic portrait of a complex, indefatigable figure who introduced multiple awestruck generations to the wonders beneath the sea. Becoming Cousteau succeeds beautifully in its goal of reminding viewers of Jacques Cousteau's important legacy of underwater exploration and environmental activism."
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"Filmmaker Liz Garbus has been busy lately, and a little all over the map, chalking up directing credits on last year’s political documentary 'All In: The Fight for Democracy,' 'The Handmaid’s Tale' this spring, and now an affectionate yet mostly clear-eyed portrait of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famed multi-hyphenate, who died in 1997. Cousteau was, as Garbus’s film notes, a sailor, undersea explorer, environmentalist, philosopher, inventor, scientist, researcher and filmmaker, winning three documentary Oscars, in 1957, 1960 and 1965."
— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post