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Swimming Upstream Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 26, 2007
The glimpses we get of this profoundly dysfunctional and violence ridden family are just that, as if viewed vaguely from a nosy neighbor's window.
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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 22, 2005
...routine and banal...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 11, 2005
A moving drama that's ultimately worth seeing for the performances of Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, even if you feel that you haven't quite heard the full story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
May 30, 2005
It'll not be remembered for the ages, but it succeeds in avoiding biopic pitfalls that have succumbed some of the best, and that's good enough to make it worth a look.
| Original Score: 62/100
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 27, 2005
Geoffery Rush steals the show like he always does.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 27, 2005
Leave it to Mulcahy to screw everything up with an overwrought, MTV-ready visual style that obscures any dramatic heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 23, 2005
...sticks closely to a formula that no longer holds many surprises, and leads to a message that isn't particularly novel or satisfying.
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 16, 2005
In addition to the pure drama of this story, it's the performances that make the film so compelling.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
February 10, 2005
Basically, this is a fairly run-of-the-mill story of family dysfunction with a sports twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 10, 2005
The story isn't unusual or compelling enough to make a lasting impression.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 10, 2005
Powerhouse Australian drama...a two-hour dip into the deep end of family life.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
February 8, 2005
The audience develops a growing disconnect between the two stories of Tony the swimmer and Tony the son, lessening the impact of the overall film.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
February 7, 2005
Ultimately gets too caught up in its own current.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2005
Good as Rush and Davis are as combative working-class parents Harold and Dora, their story line overpowers the drippy dramatics of their teen athlete son. It unwittingly feels like two separate movies.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
February 4, 2005
Anchored by a rare emotional perspicacity and true, non-fussy performances...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 4, 2005
Makes you sit up and take notice, if only for the fine performances of the terrific Judy Davis as his abused mother and Geoffrey Rush as his bitter, angry dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 4, 2005
Its smallness of scale, and undemonstrative nature, could make it a welcome change of pace from Hollywood bombast, especially for fans of the life aquatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 4, 2005
Unwilling or unable to dig deeply enough into the characters' tormented psyches, Fingleton turned his own story into a feel-good fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 4, 2005
Mulcahy is terrific with the family scenes, the squabbles and tensions, the interludes of desperately cherished happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 4, 2005
The grim material isn't helped by the hackneyed direction of Russell Mulcahy, a music-video veteran.
| Original Score: 2/4
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