Swimming (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A refreshingly low-key coming-of-age story.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie.

John Anderson

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The anti-touristy mood of Siegel's film sets it apart from other less thoughtful teen beach flicks.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

An unusually dry-eyed, even analytical approach to material that is generally played for maximum moisture.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

[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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Flawed, but worth seeing for Ambrose's performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
Three things, to me, elevate this movie to five-star excellence. The first is the brilliance and relateability of Lauren Ambrose's exceptional performance.… More