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Step Into Liquid (2003)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 14

A perfect companion piece to The Endless Summer.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 3

A perfect companion piece to The Endless Summer.



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Second generation surfing documentarian Dana Brown (son to Bruce Brown, who directed The Endless Summer 2) strikes out with his own original piece of filmmaking with his 2003 ode to the world's surfing enthusiasts entitled Step Into Liquid. Part travelogue, and part attempt to redefine surfing's image, Brown travels to some of the ordinary surfing locales -- such as Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States -- as well as some rather unexpected ones, including the west coast of Wisconsin on


Documentary, Sports & Fitness

Dana Brown

Apr 20, 2004


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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (14) | DVD (11)

[Brown] collects some fascinating stories.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An awe-inspiring survey of global surf culture.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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When Step Into Liquid remembers that it is indeed all about the wave, it pulls us right into it.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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In any sport, whether it's whacking a ball into a cup or your opponent into submission, the majestic and the absurd are very close cousins, and Brown is generous enough here to give us a long look at both.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Step Into Liquid could very well be the perfect surfing movie.

September 5, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Step Into Liquid delivers eye-popping shots pumped up by the genuine cowabunga enthusiasm of true believers. By the end all you want to do is get in the water.

August 29, 2003
Detroit News
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All about the sights, which are glorious.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Simple-minded though it is, it's wonderful entertainment.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Some of the images are breathtaking, particularly the underwater shots looking up through the water to the surfers on the surface.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Step Into Liquid is not only about passion, it demonstrates it through a deep and loving knowledge and respect for the subject matter.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The cinematography is stunning, the camera so close to the surfer that it takes you inside the wave, beneath the falling crest.

October 14, 2003 Full Review Source:

Produced with an insider's knowledge and affection, but surfing's moment as an exotic pop phenomenon with a big curiosity factor for landlubbers has passed...

October 6, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A surfing documentary that offers a satisfactory amount of thrills within a tsunami of platitudes and hyperbole.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Absolutely unlike any documentary you've ever seen, Step Into Liquid nearly qualifies as a religious experience.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A wonderful commercial for everything that makes surfing so enjoyable for many people.

October 1, 2003
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

From start to finish, this documentary on the water-based board sport is filled with 'How did they do that?' moments.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Director Dana Brown's] random approach lacks focus, and the interviews with surf champs and hobbyists don't explain the surfing mystique.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

If the narration gets a little hokey at times -- clichéd phrases are tossed out without much thought -- the interview subjects are refreshingly real, and you can't help but smile at their waterlogged wisdom.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Between an entirely attractive cast of characters and stupendous, awe-inspiring cinematography, Step Into Liquid is wonderful entertainment.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The only faults in the film are those that are basically unavoidable in extreme sports docs.

September 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

...the human subjects of Dana Brown's documentary don't have much to say. Everyone recites the same "Surfing's great" mantra.

September 13, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Captures the infectious coolness of surfing.

September 11, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Step Into Liquid

For the surfer, if it exists within you. For those who aren't fascinated by the surf culture, it is just a well pieced together documentary..without any really interesting revelations.
October 24, 2012
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Beautifuly filmed Surf Documentry. I love that it's not cliche. Personaly I feel a sense of freedom watching it. Even tho I've only surfed a handfull of times this doc really validates my connection to those times. Good soundtrack.
June 28, 2008
Jasen LaBorde

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