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Drift Reviews

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
August 4, 2013
As has always been the case, well choreographed surf sequences are a delight to behold on the big screen, but also having always been the case, cliché and messy drama is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2013
The obstacles that the Kelly brothers encounter are as uninspired as the film's treacly lessons about brotherhood and staying true to one's principles.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative ADD.
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 8, 2013
Superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 1, 2013
Writer and co-director Morgan O'Neill based Drift on true surfer stories from the era; however, the movie mostly comes across as a grab bag of tired tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Don Groves
Film Journal International
August 1, 2013
The surfing sequences are impressively filmed, but on dry land the unexciting narrative plods along to a predictable conclusion.
May 4, 2013
This lazy, over-long, poorly directed surf drama is the latest exhibit to suggest that 2013 is turning out to be a dud year for Australian film...it raises the age-old issue of whether local screenplays are properly developed before going into production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
August 1, 2013
Certainly atmospheric but depressingly predictable, Drift is more stimulating visually than dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 2, 2013
I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, cliché-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 2, 2013
This poor-surfers-make-good drama from Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott relies more than it should on toned thighs and taut gluteals. Be grateful; there's nothing to see on dry land that's anywhere near as compelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
The leads are engaging, and Pollard in particular projects an easygoing, friendly machismo. Where the movie routinely disappoints, though, is in pursuit of a perfect storm of conflict story lines ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2013
Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
July 31, 2013
Manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn't trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches.
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Sheila O'Malley
August 7, 2013
The acting is quite good, natural and fresh, and the surfing footage is magnificent. "Drift," though, is a weird mix, and not always successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 23, 2013
A good-looking, if cliched, ride through early Aussie surf history
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
May 4, 2013
The film could very easily have devolved into a cornball family drama/sports soap opera, but it remains both steadfastly likable and quietly compelling throughout.
Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)
May 23, 2016
The surfing scenes are exhilarating, the waves more terrifying than anything Eli Roth or James Wan could come up with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
April 30, 2013
Predicting which Aussie films will swamp the box office is near impossible, but in terms of quality, this honest, heartfelt flick well and truly keeps its head above water.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 27, 2013
If screen surf perving is your thing, you will revel in Drift. It's a sort of amalgam story of how surf gear culture and business began in the 70s in Australia, dotted with the struggles of two brothers
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