Newcastle (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A glum and slack family drama, Newcastle is punctuated by bright bursts of dreamy surfing images, but not enough to make the film rewarding.

Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Don Groves

Teen surfing drama is a wipe-out.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Don Willmott

a bit like Endless Summer meets The Karate Kid

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Slightly overlong but visually striking.

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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest


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