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Swimming Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2003
The anti-touristy mood of Siegel's film sets it apart from other less thoughtful teen beach flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
[Siegal] proves that you don't have to be a just out of film school Gen-X'er to make a resonant and entertaining movie about young adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Flawed, but worth seeing for Ambrose's performance.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 12, 2002
Unlike most teen flicks, Swimming takes its time to tell its story, casts mostly little-known performers in key roles, and introduces some intriguing ambiguity.
Pete Croatto
September 25, 2002
Though the material sounds complex and potentially sleep-inducing, director Robert J. Siegel paints his portrait of boredom and discontent with deft strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 20, 2002
A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 18, 2002
The film is an earnest try at beachcombing verismo, but it would be even more indistinct than it is were it not for the striking, quietly vulnerable personality of Ms. Ambrose.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 16, 2002
The town has kind of an authentic feel, but each one of these people stand out and everybody else is in the background and it just seems manufactured to me and artificial.
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John Anderson
September 13, 2002
Swimming isn't a major film. Nor does it try to be. But what, in the end, is a major film? If it's one that accomplishes what it sets out to do, then we ought to correct ourselves.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 13, 2002
An unusually dry-eyed, even analytical approach to material that is generally played for maximum moisture.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2002
Swimming is above all about a young woman's face, and by casting an actress whose face projects that woman's doubts and yearnings, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
September 13, 2002
A refreshingly authentic coming-of-age tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2002
A well-crafted film that is all the more remarkable because it achieves its emotional power and moments of revelation with restraint and a delicate ambiguity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
As relationships shift, director Robert J. Siegel allows the characters to inhabit their world without cleaving to a narrative arc.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 23, 2002
Offers absolutely nothing I hadn't already seen.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2002
Keenly observed and refreshingly natural, Swimming gets the details right, from its promenade of barely clad bodies in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to the adrenaline jolt of a sudden lunch rush at the diner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 22, 2002
Well-meant but unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 17, 2002
Makes 98 minutes feel like three hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
August 14, 2002
Works hard to establish rounded characters, but then has nothing fresh or particularly interesting to say about them.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2002
A wonderful, low-key coming-of-age saga with none of that after-school special hysteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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