Highwater (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.

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Beth Accomando

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid.

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