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Newcastle (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Sibling rivalry stands in the way of a young man's dreams in this coming of age drama from Australia. Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan) is seventeen years old and he's not interested in much besides surfing. Jesse's constant desire to hit the beach is fueled in part by an unhappy home life; his older half-brother Victor (Reshad Strik) used to be a local surfing champ until an injury forced him to put away his board, and now he's spends his days wallowing in cynicism and alcohol, while Jesse's younger

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Dan Castle, Lachlan Buchanan

Aug 25, 2009

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A glum and slack family drama, Newcastle is punctuated by bright bursts of dreamy surfing images, but not enough to make the film rewarding.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Slightly overlong but visually striking.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Overall, [Castle] has captured what I remember of the fantasy of the classic Newcastle adolescence -- all day at the beach, string bikinis and juicy blond teenagers.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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The drama is a very low-slung affair, with the interconnections between characters poised to supply us with the only reasons to watch, other than the bodies, the landscape and the water.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Cinematographer Richard Michalak's gorgeous water-based action shots guarantee the young target audience will want to head straight out for surf lessons, but there's even less dramatic heft here than in the superior Blue Crush.

July 2, 2008
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Teen surfing drama is a wipe-out.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

a bit like Endless Summer meets The Karate Kid

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Gorgeous

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

It is deflating to realise that even when doing what they love best, these characters are less than real.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

The story is slight but the performances are strong...

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

For all [Newcastle's] faults, there's something honest about these characters that I responded to.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's flawed, but when Newcastle works, it rocks.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

An engaging yarn buoyed by spectacular surf action. Emotional discord aside, it will strike the right note with any teenage surfie heading to the beach this summer.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Lingering images, loved for their beauty and composition, the pretty young cast and the contrasting scenes of industrial and scenic Newcastle help keep our attention. At least for a while

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The editing, the addition of a gay character, and the schmaltzy music which accompanies the underwhelming surfing montages are all that distinguish Newcastle from the generic Frankie Avalon beach movies of the '50s.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Taken as sheer sensory spectacle, Dan Castle's colorful flick is a "Top Gun" with waves; a "Rocky" with board fins...

June 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A well meaning but ineffective coming-of-age story set on the surfing beaches of the industrial mining center of Newcastle, Australia. Mediocre action footage and tedious angst make for a film that is an effort to watch.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

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