The Endless Summer Reviews

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Top Critic
July 25, 2014
Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 7, 2014
Groovy music by the Sandals, a five-piece surfing outfit, accompany the beautiful images and Brown's hip surfer-speak is a history lesson in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
August 7, 2013
Just breathtaking.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 26, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] The film is an invaluable time capsule of surfing and cultural significance. If it still occurs as the ultimate example of a vacation-as-vocation movie, then so much the better.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
Brown leaves analysis of the surf-cult mystique to seagoing sociologists, but demonstrates quite spiritedly that some of the brave souls mistaken for beachniks are, in fact, converts to a difficult, dangerous and dazzling sport.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 4, 2008
Dazzlingly picturesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2008
Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken along on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
February 18, 2008
Premier surfing documentary by Bruce Brown.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Alden
New York Times
May 21, 2005
Visually fascinating.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 24, 2003
As surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August teach natives to surf and get chased by dolphins and zebras, you can't help but laugh and feel good while watching their lighthearted antics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
A lot more intriguing than any "surfing documentary" oughtta be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Bruce Brown's loving surfing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 26, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
August 19, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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