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Laemmle Theatres and Outsider Pictures are pleased to present the sports documentarian Dana Brown's (Step Into Liquid)HIGHWATER "a propulsive... non-fiction thriller" (John Anderson, Variety) that follows the men and women who gather every year on Hawaii's "Seven Mile Miracle," Oahu's North Shore, for big wave surfing's ultimate challenge, the Triple Crown. Starting on Halloween and ending around Christmas, the event attracts the sport's very best, all of whom are profiled here.)-- (C) Laemmle and Outsider

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"The big waves of Bruce Brown's famous '60s surfer movies like "Endless Summer" recede in son Dana Brown's piecemeal documentary about the 2005 Oahu North Shore Triple Crown surfing competition."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"In a way, Highwater is the antithesis of The Endless Summer, the film made by Brown's father, Bruce Brown, more than four decades ago."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Less on the surfing and more on the entertainingly eccentric surfers, but narration can be as insufferable as it is informative, with superficial clichés of sports reportage."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Pipeline footage of star surfers makes 'Highwater' required viewing for anyone who pursues or want to pursue the sport, but the film also entertains those who just like to watch superb sports performances."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
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