Swimming (2000)



Critic Consensus: A refreshingly low-key coming-of-age story.

Movie Info

Robert J. Siegel directs this understated exploration of love, sexuality and friendship. Set during the opening of the summer vacation season at Myrtle Beach, the film focuses on Frankie (Lauren Ambrose), a quiet, introverted girl who works with her brother Neil (Josh Pais) at the family's burger joint. Frankie's best friend is the trash-talking Nicola (Jennifer Dundas Lowe), who runs the body-piercing hut next door. When Neil hires the gorgeous Josee (Joelle Carter) as a waitress, Nicola can … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lisa Bazadona, Robert J. Siegel, Grace Woodard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Oceanside Pictures - Official Site


as Frankie Wheeler

as Nicola Jenrette

as Neil Wheeler

as Phil Dunlop

as Marianne Wheeler

as Nicky Wheeler

as Zack Wheeler

as Van Salesman

as Italian Lover

as American Woman
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Critic Reviews for Swimming

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film is an earnest try at beachcombing verismo, but it would be even more indistinct than it is were it not for the striking, quietly vulnerable personality of Ms. Ambrose.

Full Review… | September 18, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

The town has kind of an authentic feel, but each one of these people stand out and everybody else is in the background and it just seems manufactured to me and artificial.

Full Review… | September 16, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Swimming isn't a major film. Nor does it try to be. But what, in the end, is a major film? If it's one that accomplishes what it sets out to do, then we ought to correct ourselves.

September 13, 2002
Top Critic

A refreshingly authentic coming-of-age tale.

September 13, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Swimming is above all about a young woman's face, and by casting an actress whose face projects that woman's doubts and yearnings, it succeeds.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Swimming

Three things, to me, elevate this movie to five-star excellence. The first is the brilliance and relateability of Lauren Ambrose's exceptional performance. She can project five emotions just through a facial expression. The second, is the simplicity of the story, and its realism. And the third is perhaps more personal; one scene features the Leona Naess song "Comatised" - one of my faves of all time!

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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