Drift
Drift (2013)

Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy (28) and Jimmy (22), have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

This poor-surfers-make-good drama from Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott relies more than it should on toned thighs and taut gluteals. Be grateful; there's nothing to see on dry land that's anywhere near as compelling.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The leads are engaging, and Pollard in particular projects an easygoing, friendly machismo. Where the movie routinely disappoints, though, is in pursuit of a perfect storm of conflict story lines ...

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

The acting is quite good, natural and fresh, and the surfing footage is magnificent. "Drift," though, is a weird mix, and not always successful.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, cliché-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Writer and co-director Morgan O'Neill based Drift on true surfer stories from the era; however, the movie mostly comes across as a grab bag of tired tropes.

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered

As has always been the case, well choreographed surf sequences are a delight to behold on the big screen, but also having always been the case, cliché and messy drama is not.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport.

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Scott Foundas
Variety

Manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn't trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches.

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Don Groves
Film Journal International

The surfing sequences are impressively filmed, but on dry land the unexciting narrative plods along to a predictable conclusion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Two Brothers. One Dream. No Rules. Very Good Film! Drift is the latest surf film paying tribute to and giving us a glimpse into the Australian surf life when… More