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Swimming Reviews

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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.
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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
If you can get past familiarity with the genre, you'll find a gently realized movie that makes good use of a well-selected cast.
| Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
Impresses you with its open-endedness and surprises.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
July 25, 2002
[Siegel] and co-writers Lisa Bazadona and Grace Woodard have relied too much on convention in creating the characters who surround Frankie.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2002
The volatile dynamics of female friendship is the subject of this unhurried, low-key film that is so off-Hollywood that it seems positively French in its rhythms and resonance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2002
The most impressive quality of this charming movie is the way the characters, who are all recognizable 'types,' refuse to behave the way we expect.
| Original Score: B-
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2002
A refreshingly realistic, affectation-free coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+