Swimming Upstream
Swimming Upstream (2004)

Based on the true story of a youth from Brisbane, Australia, who overcame family dysfunction to become a world-class athlete, director Russell Mulcahy's drama centers on young Tony Fingleton's (Jesse Spencer) relationship with his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 21, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Rex Reed
New York Observer

The story isn't unusual or compelling enough to make a lasting impression.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The grim material isn't helped by the hackneyed direction of Russell Mulcahy, a music-video veteran.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

The glimpses we get of this profoundly dysfunctional and violence ridden family are just that, as if viewed vaguely from a nosy neighbor's window.

Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter

Good as Rush and Davis are as combative working-class parents Harold and Dora, their story line overpowers the drippy dramatics of their teen athlete son. It unwittingly feels like two separate movies.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Ends up merely treading water.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...routine and banal...

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Makes you sit up and take notice, if only for the fine performances of the terrific Judy Davis as his abused mother and Geoffrey Rush as his bitter, angry dad.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Their vivid, uncompromising performances redeem what could have been a clichéd coming-of-age story.

Matthew Turner

A moving drama that's ultimately worth seeing for the performances of Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, even if you feel that you haven't quite heard the full story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alexander Wilson
he story of a young man's struggle to gain his fathers love and approval. As the most sensitive and brightest boy of a very large family, Tony tries to… More
Luke Turley
Swimming Upstream. Beautifully acted, but filmed with restraint. When I say filmed with restraint, I'm referring to Swimming Upstream's underselling… More