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Splinters Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 16, 2012
A hybrid work that will appeal to both surf-movie fanatics and armchair sociologists.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago
February 10, 2012
Though Splinters emulates a laid-back surfer-dude vibe all too well in its sluggish middle third, the final surf-off is a total white-knuckler.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Merin
February 6, 2012
The surf's up in Papua New Guinea, and rivalry is intense as Vanimo villagers compete for a slot on their national surfing team -- and a fast track ticket to status and the wide world beyond their beaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 3, 2012
Wait for it to hit the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
February 2, 2012
Not all of these players win in this capable account of their struggles, but all contribute to a valuable lesson in fair play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 2, 2012
A cool doc that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2012
Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
January 31, 2012
Offers a compelling look at the preparations undertaken by two rival wave-rider clubs in the town of Vanimo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 31, 2012
The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea...
Cole Smithey
January 30, 2012
[VIDEO] Adam Pesce's absorbing cross-cultural documentary about a small indigenous community in the village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea provides an intimate view into an island culture revolutionized by one thing, a surfboard.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Kuipers
January 12, 2012
Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling docu about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo.
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