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: August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila O'Malley

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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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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Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)

The surfing scenes are exhilarating, the waves more terrifying than anything Eli Roth or James Wan could come up with.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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