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Drift Reviews

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Sheila O'Malley

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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2013
Simon Foster

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 Source: sbs.com.au

May 4, 2013
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

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 Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 30, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

April 27, 2013
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

August 4, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 2, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2013
Don Groves
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 1, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 1, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

August 1, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 ...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 1, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

August 1, 2013
Scott Foundas
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 31, 2013
Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 30, 2013
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

July 26, 2013
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

Superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 8, 2013

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.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1/5

May 4, 2013
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