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Robert J. Siegel directs this understated exploration of love, sexuality and friendship. Set during the opening of the summer vacation season at Myrtle Beach, the film focuses on Frankie (Lauren Ambrose), a quiet, introverted girl who works with her brother Neil (Josh Pais) at the family's burger joint. Frankie's best friend is the trash-talking Nicola (Jennifer Dundas Lowe), who runs the body-piercing hut next door. When Neil hires the gorgeous Josee (Joelle Carter) as a waitress, Nicola can barely conceal her jealousy, while Frankie is utterly mesmerized by the nubile beauty. Later,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Swimming isn't a major film. Nor does it try to be. But what, in the end, is a major film? If it's one that accomplishes what it sets out to do, then we ought to correct ourselves."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The anti-touristy mood of Siegel's film sets it apart from other less thoughtful teen beach flicks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unlike most teen flicks, Swimming takes its time to tell its story, casts mostly little-known performers in key roles, and introduces some intriguing ambiguity."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Makes 98 minutes feel like three hours."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The film is an earnest try at beachcombing verismo, but it would be even more indistinct than it is were it not for the striking, quietly vulnerable personality of Ms. Ambrose."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"An unusually dry-eyed, even analytical approach to material that is generally played for maximum moisture."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"[Siegal] proves that you don't have to be a just out of film school Gen-X'er to make a resonant and entertaining movie about young adults."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Though the material sounds complex and potentially sleep-inducing, director Robert J. Siegel paints his portrait of boredom and discontent with deft strokes."
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
"Works hard to establish rounded characters, but then has nothing fresh or particularly interesting to say about them."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"The town has kind of an authentic feel, but each one of these people stand out and everybody else is in the background and it just seems manufactured to me and artificial."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Swimming is above all about a young woman's face, and by casting an actress whose face projects that woman's doubts and yearnings, it succeeds."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Flawed, but worth seeing for Ambrose's performance."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Offers absolutely nothing I hadn't already seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A wonderful, low-key coming-of-age saga with none of that after-school special hysteria."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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