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Narrated by Edward Norton, Jeremy Gosch's Bustin Down the Door tells the tale of how a group of ambitious young men helped shape surfing into an international phenomenon in the winter of 1975.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This impressive sports doc finds enough drama in the situation to involve a wider audience, since the archive footage of these chaps gliding through waves the size of a house is quite something."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Some of the talk gets a little bombastic, but it's hard to deny the thrill involved."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Most importantly, Bustin' Down The Door elucidates upon the spirituality of surfing."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"An instructive story."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"If it can't compete with the best surf documentaries, Bustin' Down The Door is never less than diverting - the thrill of conquered waves eclipsed only by the picture's educational value."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"The film tries to tell us that money hasn't spoiled the fun, but I was much more curious about the black shorts than the Quicksilver brand board shorts."
‑ Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bustin' Down the Door entertainingly captures surfing's last great hoorah of no-holds-barred radicalism."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Almost all of the surfing footage is beautiful stuff, though you'll likely want to see even more."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Clearly designed to give credit where it's due, this film spotlights the guys who broke new ground to create modern surfing. But while it's an important, interesting document, it's rather too detailed for non-surfers."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The characters aren't quite as charismatic as the Z-Boys and the editing isn't as abrasively cool, but it does give a glimpse of how an outsider lifestyle evolved into a multibillion-dollar business."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"[An] insightful account of the rise of a, pardon the pun, new wave of surfers that transformed the sport in the mid-1970s."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Happily, the filmmaker, Jeremy Gosch, puts his wide-eyed narrative together with an easy touch. With its amazing wall-to-wall footage of oceanic derring-do Bustin' Down the Door plays like visual air-conditioning."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Watching top surfers in action is never a chore, but the film's archive footage would have been even more enjoyable to lay viewers if the commentary had better explained why the men's innovations were so daring and controversial."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"A subject worth exploring but, whilst old footage illustrates the storyline, this doesn't manage to strecth up until the present day."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The documentary celebrates the athleticism and creativity of the sport's unsung Nureyevs and Nijinskys."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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