• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert J. Siegel
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 3, 2003
  • Oceanside Pictures

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Swimming Reviews

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

September 18, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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 Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 16, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 13, 2002
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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An unusually dry-eyed, even analytical approach to material that is generally played for maximum moisture.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 13, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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A refreshingly authentic coming-of-age tale.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2002
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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A well-crafted film that is all the more remarkable because it achieves its emotional power and moments of revelation with restraint and a delicate ambiguity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2002
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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As relationships shift, director Robert J. Siegel allows the characters to inhabit their world without cleaving to a narrative arc.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2002
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Keenly observed and refreshingly natural, Swimming gets the details right, from its promenade of barely clad bodies in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to the adrenaline jolt of a sudden lunch rush at the diner.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Well-meant but unoriginal.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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If you can get past familiarity with the genre, you'll find a gently realized movie that makes good use of a well-selected cast.

| Original Score: B-

August 9, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Impresses you with its open-endedness and surprises.

July 26, 2002
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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[Siegel] and co-writers Lisa Bazadona and Grace Woodard have relied too much on convention in creating the characters who surround Frankie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 25, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The volatile dynamics of female friendship is the subject of this unhurried, low-key film that is so off-Hollywood that it seems positively French in its rhythms and resonance.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The most impressive quality of this charming movie is the way the characters, who are all recognizable 'types,' refuse to behave the way we expect.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

June 29, 2002
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A refreshingly realistic, affectation-free coming-of-age tale.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

June 13, 2002
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