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Undertow Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 21, 2010
More heart-tugging mélo than spooky thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
August 6, 2010
Crisply shot and quietly acted, Undertow is heartfelt drama, but also a bit too well meaning for its own good.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2010
Sadly, the film offers few insights and follows a predictable trajectory...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
Meh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 30, 2010
Beautifully rendered. Not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Paul Burston
Time Out
August 5, 2010
Undertow achieves a kind of lyricism rarely seen in contemporary gay filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Risley
Sky Movies
August 4, 2010
Magical realism at its most entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 25, 2010
A captivating, breathtaking and intricately layered amalgamation of heartfelt drama, romance and magical realism. It's one of the most powerful love stories since Brokeback Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9621/10
Sophie Ivan
Film4
August 5, 2010
A watchable and well-intentioned drama, but one which risks losing its footing straddling a somewhat awkward gulf between Sunset Beach and magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
November 29, 2010
Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 11, 2011
The first part of the film is... slow-paced and antsy-making, with none of the sensitive and tragic character study of the second part.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 9, 2010
The plot is slight and whimsical but eventually develops into a quietly touching love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 4, 2010
The colours are splodgy, the script is sub-soap-opera, the actors hang their heads while delivering the dialogue. Yet astonishingly it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 15, 2010
The actors - particularly the drop-dead gorgeous Manolo Cardona - are compelling, with all three central characters benefiting from being well-defined and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
August 6, 2010
The conclusion might be too lachrymose and melodramatic for most tastes, but if you only see one gay Peruvian fisherman ghost story this year...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2011
Stunningly photographed by Mauricio Vidal, "Undertow" is about a ghost caught between his lover's private shame and a town's public traditions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 4, 2011
[Director]Fuentes-Leon...does a solid job balancing characters and story and creates a sympathetic surreal tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 3, 2011
This drama is a first feature by Javier Fuentes-Léon that manages to outgrow the limits of its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 6, 2010
With its idyllic scenery, neat metaphysical twist and subtly-conveyed message, it's a weepy guaranteed to fill tissues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 12, 2010
It's nothing if not easy on the eye, and the acting's engaging and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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New York Times
March 3, 2011
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