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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 dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and in novator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a big decision. Quitting a stable job, he bets on Jimmy's surf inventions and his own business… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York 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 ..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The acting is quite good, natural and fresh, and the surfing footage is magnificent. "Drift," though, is a weird mix, and not always successful."
‑ Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
"Certainly atmospheric but depressingly predictable, Drift is more stimulating visually than dramatically."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land"
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"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."
‑ Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered
"The obstacles that the Kelly brothers encounter are as uninspired as the film's treacly lessons about brotherhood and staying true to one's principles."
‑ Tomas Hachard, Slant Magazine
"This lazy, over-long, poorly directed surf drama is the latest exhibit to suggest that 2013 is turning out to be a dud year for Australian film...it raises the age-old issue of whether local screenplays are properly developed before going into production."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"The surfing sequences are impressively filmed, but on dry land the unexciting narrative plods along to a predictable conclusion."
‑ Don Groves, Film Journal International
"A good-looking, if cliched, ride through early Aussie surf history"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The film could very easily have devolved into a cornball family drama/sports soap opera, but it remains both steadfastly likable and quietly compelling throughout."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
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