Breath Reviews

August 24, 2018
Baker proves himself a talented director; he manages the rolling rhythms of his waves and his story with skill...
June 7, 2018
Baker keenly captures the beckoning magnetism of active waters, not to mention the searching souls - young and experienced - who gravitate toward its dangers.
June 1, 2018
In spite of his low-key ambitions, debut filmmaker Simon Baker doesn't yet have the eloquence as a director to get you on board.
June 1, 2018
Star Simon Baker, in a solid directing debut, blends surfing and coming-of-age elements into film of moments that don't always tie together. But when they do - oh, how they soar.
May 31, 2018
Breath is a wistful and wounded coming-of-age story about surfing, surrender, and the sordid experience of losing your virginity to a married older woman who's got a thing for erotic asphyxiation.
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May 31, 2018
I found Breath too long to sit through without dozing, which may be a good thing since it is a film with an inestimably slow tempo, offering numerous opportunities for naps.
May 31, 2018
Mr. Baker does nice work with the actors - his open-faced young leads are sincere, appealing, believable - and there's a lot to like about "Breath," including its attention to natural beauty and to how surfing can become a bridge to that splendor.
May 30, 2018
Loses its potency whenever it's not focused on the sounds and textures that define Pikelet and Loonie's world outside of surfing...
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May 17, 2018
The film has a kind of workmanlike quaintness to it, offering a number of surfing and underwater sequences that are both terrifically accomplished and so modest as to not call attention to just how well-made they really are.
May 16, 2018
A delicate coming-of-age story that explores masculinity and fear, and, like surfing, is equally about what's beneath as on the surface.
May 3, 2018
There is something bigger here than simple coming-of-age, although there is that too. It's a film about the cracks in our masculinity, rather than the thing itself.
May 3, 2018
It is the rarest kind of sports movie, in that it will encourage in participants a different, thoroughly thoughtful perspective with which to view their pastime. Breath is a surfer film with soul and gravitas.
September 15, 2017
There have been plenty of good surfing documentaries, but very few good dramas about the sport - a short list on which "Breath" instantly earns a prominent spot.
September 13, 2017
Observed with warmth and sensitivity, this is a rewarding coming-of-age drama that features terrific performances from two young newcomers in the central roles.