• Undertow
    3 minutes 39 seconds
    Added: Jul 20, 2011

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Undertow Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

More heart-tugging mélo than spooky thriller.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2010
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

Crisply shot and quietly acted, Undertow is heartfelt drama, but also a bit too well meaning for its own good.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2010

Sadly, the film offers few insights and follows a predictable trajectory...

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

August 9, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Meh.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Beautifully rendered. Not to be missed.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

August 30, 2010
Paul Burston
Time Out
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Undertow achieves a kind of lyricism rarely seen in contemporary gay filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

August 5, 2010
Matt Risley
Sky Movies

Magical realism at its most entrancing.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A captivating, breathtaking and intricately layered amalgamation of heartfelt drama, romance and magical realism. It's one of the most powerful love stories since Brokeback Mountain.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.9621/10

November 25, 2010
Sophie Ivan
Film4

A watchable and well-intentioned drama, but one which risks losing its footing straddling a somewhat awkward gulf between Sunset Beach and magic realism.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 8/10

November 29, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The first part of the film is... slow-paced and antsy-making, with none of the sensitive and tragic character study of the second part.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

April 11, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

The plot is slight and whimsical but eventually develops into a quietly touching love story.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The colours are splodgy, the script is sub-soap-opera, the actors hang their heads while delivering the dialogue. Yet astonishingly it works.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The actors - particularly the drop-dead gorgeous Manolo Cardona - are compelling, with all three central characters benefiting from being well-defined and sympathetic.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2010
Steve Rose
Guardian

The conclusion might be too lachrymose and melodramatic for most tastes, but if you only see one gay Peruvian fisherman ghost story this year...

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Stunningly photographed by Mauricio Vidal, "Undertow" is about a ghost caught between his lover's private shame and a town's public traditions.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

January 31, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[Director]Fuentes-Leon...does a solid job balancing characters and story and creates a sympathetic surreal tale.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 4, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This drama is a first feature by Javier Fuentes-Léon that manages to outgrow the limits of its story.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

With its idyllic scenery, neat metaphysical twist and subtly-conveyed message, it's a weepy guaranteed to fill tissues.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's nothing if not easy on the eye, and the acting's engaging and sympathetic.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2010

New York Times
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March 3, 2011
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