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Sibling rivalry stands in the way of a young man's dreams in this coming of age drama from Australia. Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan) is seventeen years old and he's not interested in much besides surfing. Jesse's constant desire to hit the beach is fueled in part by an unhappy home life; his older half-brother Victor (Reshad Strik) used to be a local surfing champ until an injury forced him to put away his board, and now he's spends his days wallowing in cynicism and alcohol, while Jesse's younger brother Fergus (Xavier Samuel) is a punk rocker who has recently embraced his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"A glum and slack family drama, Newcastle is punctuated by bright bursts of dreamy surfing images, but not enough to make the film rewarding."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Overall, [Castle] has captured what I remember of the fantasy of the classic Newcastle adolescence -- all day at the beach, string bikinis and juicy blond teenagers."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Teen surfing drama is a wipe-out."
‑ Don Groves,
"It is deflating to realise that even when doing what they love best, these characters are less than real."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"It's flawed, but when Newcastle works, it rocks."
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
"A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The drama is a very low-slung affair, with the interconnections between characters poised to supply us with the only reasons to watch, other than the bodies, the landscape and the water."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"a bit like Endless Summer meets The Karate Kid"
‑ Don Willmott,
"The story is slight but the performances are strong..."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"An engaging yarn buoyed by spectacular surf action. Emotional discord aside, it will strike the right note with any teenage surfie heading to the beach this summer."
‑ Colin Fraser, FILMINK (Australia)
"Slightly overlong but visually striking."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Cinematographer Richard Michalak's gorgeous water-based action shots guarantee the young target audience will want to head straight out for surf lessons, but there's even less dramatic heft here than in the superior Blue Crush."
‑ Megan Lehmann, Hollywood Reporter
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"For all [Newcastle's] faults, there's something honest about these characters that I responded to."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Lingering images, loved for their beauty and composition, the pretty young cast and the contrasting scenes of industrial and scenic Newcastle help keep our attention. At least for a while"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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