Drift Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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Scott Foundas
Variety
July 31, 2013
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.
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative ADD.