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Drift (2013)

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Critic Reviews: 6
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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

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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.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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 ...

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative ADD.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The acting is quite good, natural and fresh, and the surfing footage is magnificent. "Drift," though, is a weird mix, and not always successful.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

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.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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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.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

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.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
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 film...it raises the age-old issue of whether local screenplays are properly developed before going into production.

May 4, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

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.

May 4, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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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.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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