Highwater Reviews

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John Anderson
Variety
April 4, 2011
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2010
Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 2, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 27, 2010
[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 27, 2010
Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 25, 2010
The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
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.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5