Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jan 31, 2012
    90
    The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea (and Best Documentary of the year as per Surfer Magazine).
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Jan 31, 2012
    80
    Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling documentary about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 2, 2012
    70
    A real-life examination of competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea, the film derives tension from the proverbial big tournament but also from how the event helps foster a worthy morality.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 2, 2012
    60
    A cool documentary that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 31, 2012
    60
    While marred somewhat by the griminess of its HD imagery, Splinters nonetheless successfully integrates the sport and an attendant subculture in a way that manages to enhance both, leading to a climactic competition that actually makes you feel something important is at stake.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 9, 2012
    50
    This has some currency as ethnography, showing how tribal and interpersonal matters mesh with sports mania, but it remains a formidably dull account of an inherently exciting pastime.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 3, 2012
    50
    An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen.
  8. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 1, 2012
    50
    Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.

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