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Highwater Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 2, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2010
Mike Hale
New York Times
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Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2010
Jennifer Merin

Pipeline footage of star surfers makes 'Highwater' required viewing for anyone who pursues or want to pursue the sport, but the film also entertains those who just like to watch superb sports performances.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2010
Dan Kois
Village Voice
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Sure to become a sacred text to surf-movie enthusiasts, but surprisingly watchable even for those who think "goofy-footing" is a new Southern hip-hop dance craze.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 24, 2010
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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There are no great emotional revelations about the fearless, free-spirited athletes profiled in the film, but these tanned-and-toned folks' deep love of surfing and mostly cheerful demeanors prove enjoyably infectious.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2009
Cole Smithey

The big waves of Bruce Brown's famous '60s surfer movies like "Endless Summer" recede in son Dana Brown's piecemeal documentary about the 2005 Oahu North Shore Triple Crown surfing competition.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

September 8, 2010
Beth Accomando

In a way, Highwater is the antithesis of The Endless Summer, the film made by Brown's father, Bruce Brown, more than four decades ago.

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September 6, 2010
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.

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

September 2, 2010
David Noh
Film Journal International

This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 31, 2010
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2010
Nora Lee Mandel

Less on the surfing and more on the entertainingly eccentric surfers, but narration can be as insufferable as it is informative, with superficial clichés of sports reportage.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

August 27, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 27, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2010
John Anderson
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