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Drift

action & adventure, sports


The Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave in Australia. Out of necessity the family launches a backyard surf business - re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    28%
  • Audience Score
    58%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    28%
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  • Audience

    58%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Friday, August 2, 2013

Rotten: I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, clich-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience.

- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Friday, August 2, 2013

Rotten: 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 ...

- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 1, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The first hour is a little slow and I almost stopped it a few times, but the ending was great and I am very glad that I stuck with it.

- fb1292158502, Saturday, August 3, 2013

2 stars

This movie was a bit all over the place. It was part surf movie with some great visuals, part family drama, part drug scene hippie lifestyle, part underdog story, with a small part of love story to round things out. The movie was entertaining enough for one watch, but it is not something I could recommend to people.

- Hamee, Sunday, December 29, 2013

3 stars

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 popular surf brands were just beginning. The acting is fine all round. Myles Pollard, who also co-produced the film, is solid as the responsible older brother. Xavier Samuel, in one of his best performances, brings charisma and energy to his role. Sam Worthington is excellent. He is perfect as the free-spirited hippie. He seemed to enjoy this role more than some of his recent work and it was wonderful to see him in an Aussie film again. The film does a great job of bringing the 70's back to life. You gotta love JB's colourful bus and the classic kombi vans! The surfing photography is exciting and breathtaking, and the cinematography by Geoffrey Hall is simply beautiful. The soundtrack, a mix of 70's classics and more recent tunes, really adds to the cool laid back vibe. The cast and crew looked like they had fun making this film and it shows. A snapshot into the Aussie surf life, it was a highly enjoyable and upbeat movie experience. In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.

- MANUGINO, Friday, April 25, 2014