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Drift (2013)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,753


Movie Info

Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy (28) and Jimmy (22), have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and in novator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a … More

R (for language and drug content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Morgan O'Neill , Based On An Original Story By Morgan Oneill &
In Theaters:
Sep 16, 2013
Wrekin Hill - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Drift

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

This poor-surfers-make-good drama from Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott relies more than it should on toned thighs and taut gluteals. Be grateful; there's nothing to see on dry land that's anywhere near as compelling.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, cliché-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The leads are engaging, and Pollard in particular projects an easygoing, friendly machismo. Where the movie routinely disappoints, though, is in pursuit of a perfect storm of conflict story lines ...

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Writer and co-director Morgan O'Neill based Drift on true surfer stories from the era; however, the movie mostly comes across as a grab bag of tired tropes.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn't trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Top Critic

The acting is quite good, natural and fresh, and the surfing footage is magnificent. "Drift," though, is a weird mix, and not always successful.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013

As has always been the case, well choreographed surf sequences are a delight to behold on the big screen, but also having always been the case, cliché and messy drama is not.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
We Got This Covered

The surfing sequences are impressively filmed, but on dry land the unexciting narrative plods along to a predictable conclusion.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Film Journal International

Certainly atmospheric but depressingly predictable, Drift is more stimulating visually than dramatically.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013

The obstacles that the Kelly brothers encounter are as uninspired as the film's treacly lessons about brotherhood and staying true to one's principles.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Slant Magazine

A good-looking, if cliched, ride through early Aussie surf history

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
The Popcorn Junkie

This lazy, over-long, poorly directed surf drama is the latest exhibit to suggest that 2013 is turning out to be a dud year for Australian raises the age-old issue of whether local screenplays are properly developed before going into production.

Full Review… | May 4, 2013

The film could very easily have devolved into a cornball family drama/sports soap opera, but it remains both steadfastly likable and quietly compelling throughout.

Full Review… | May 4, 2013

Predicting which Aussie films will swamp the box office is near impossible, but in terms of quality, this honest, heartfelt flick well and truly keeps its head above water.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
FILMINK (Australia)

If screen surf perving is your thing, you will revel in Drift. It's a sort of amalgam story of how surf gear culture and business began in the 70s in Australia, dotted with the struggles of two brothers

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Drift

Two Brothers. One Dream. No Rules.

Very Good Film! Drift is the latest surf film paying tribute to and giving us a glimpse into the Australian surf life when popular surf brands were just beginning. The acting is fine all round. Myles Pollard, who also co-produced the film, is solid as the responsible older brother. Xavier Samuel, in one of his best performances, brings charisma and energy to his role. Sam Worthington is excellent. He is perfect as the free-spirited hippie. He seemed to enjoy this role more than some of his recent work and it was wonderful to see him in an Aussie film again. The film does a great job of bringing the 70's back to life. You gotta love JB's colourful bus and the classic kombi vans! The surfing photography is exciting and breathtaking, and the cinematography by Geoffrey Hall is simply beautiful. The soundtrack, a mix of 70's classics and more recent tunes, really adds to the cool laid back vibe. The cast and crew looked like they had fun making this film and it shows. A snapshot into the Aussie surf life, it was a highly enjoyable and upbeat movie experience.

In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.

Manu Gino

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