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  • Summary: An intimate look at friendship, love and breaking away, set amidst the backdrop of a bustling beach town. (Oceanside Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. 90
    The result is a lovely piece of writing brought to life by a terrific cast, a vivid sense of place and, not incidentally, some perfectly chosen pop tunes by such as Bree Sharp, Leona Naess, Smog and Tin Star. As for Lauren Ambrose, her big-screen debut is a revelation.
  2. It's presented in such a nicely understated manner, and Ambrose turns in such a good lead performance, that it rises several notches above most of today's teen movies.
  3. Absolutely refuse to make predictable patterns in the sand. Instead, they set their characters loose.
  4. Swimming is perceptive and, ultimately, embraceable. Like the adolescent it so lovingly depicts, this is a movie you want only the best for.
  5. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Keenly observed and refreshingly natural.
  6. 70
    Yes, there is a very palpable lesbian erotic undercurrent pervading this film. However, the reason it's so palpable is because it's so subtly and deftly handled...AND it's only one thread of the film's storyline.
  7. Ambrose owns this crawlspace between being fierce and being fragile. But she can't escape the fact that her role is underwritten; the script suffers from an excess of subtlety.

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