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Newcastle Reviews

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December 31, 2010
Teen surfing drama is a wipe-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 18, 2008
The editing, the addition of a gay character, and the schmaltzy music which accompanies the underwhelming surfing montages are all that distinguish Newcastle from the generic Frankie Avalon beach movies of the '50s.
November 14, 2008
It is deflating to realise that even when doing what they love best, these characters are less than real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
The drama is a very low-slung affair, with the interconnections between characters poised to supply us with the only reasons to watch, other than the bodies, the landscape and the water.
May 14, 2008
A well meaning but ineffective coming-of-age story set on the surfing beaches of the industrial mining center of Newcastle, Australia. Mediocre action footage and tedious angst make for a film that is an effort to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 2, 2008
Cinematographer Richard Michalak's gorgeous water-based action shots guarantee the young target audience will want to head straight out for surf lessons, but there's even less dramatic heft here than in the superior Blue Crush.
May 7, 2009
A glum and slack family drama, Newcastle is punctuated by bright bursts of dreamy surfing images, but not enough to make the film rewarding.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 28, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2009
a bit like Endless Summer meets The Karate Kid
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 31, 2008
Lingering images, loved for their beauty and composition, the pretty young cast and the contrasting scenes of industrial and scenic Newcastle help keep our attention. At least for a while
November 7, 2008
It's flawed, but when Newcastle works, it rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2008
For all [Newcastle's] faults, there's something honest about these characters that I responded to.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2008
Overall, [Castle] has captured what I remember of the fantasy of the classic Newcastle adolescence -- all day at the beach, string bikinis and juicy blond teenagers.
November 14, 2008
The story is slight but the performances are strong...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2008
An engaging yarn buoyed by spectacular surf action. Emotional discord aside, it will strike the right note with any teenage surfie heading to the beach this summer.
April 30, 2009
Slightly overlong but visually striking.
June 22, 2008
Taken as sheer sensory spectacle, Dan Castle's colorful flick is a "Top Gun" with waves; a "Rocky" with board fins...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2009
A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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