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Highwater Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 2, 2010
Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 27, 2010
[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 27, 2010
Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
August 26, 2010
Pipeline footage of star surfers makes 'Highwater' required viewing for anyone who pursues or want to pursue the sport, but the film also entertains those who just like to watch superb sports performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
Sure to become a sacred text to surf-movie enthusiasts, but surprisingly watchable even for those who think "goofy-footing" is a new Southern hip-hop dance craze.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2009
There are no great emotional revelations about the fearless, free-spirited athletes profiled in the film, but these tanned-and-toned folks' deep love of surfing and mostly cheerful demeanors prove enjoyably infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 8, 2010
The big waves of Bruce Brown's famous '60s surfer movies like "Endless Summer" recede in son Dana Brown's piecemeal documentary about the 2005 Oahu North Shore Triple Crown surfing competition.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 6, 2010
In a way, Highwater is the antithesis of The Endless Summer, the film made by Brown's father, Bruce Brown, more than four decades ago.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2010
Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 31, 2010
This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2010
Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 27, 2010
Less on the surfing and more on the entertainingly eccentric surfers, but narration can be as insufferable as it is informative, with superficial clichÚs of sports reportage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 27, 2010
Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 25, 2010
The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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