Shelter (2008) Synopsis
A surfer (Trevor Wright) begins a secret romance with his best friend's brother (Brad Rowe).
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Portland Oregonian

There's real chemistry between the two actors.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Features a superb performance in the lead role, a strong supporting cast, very good cinematography and, most of all, emotional authenticity.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Markowitz 's low key coming of age/coming out story isn't particularly original, but features subtle performances and a vivid sense of...
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L.A. Weekly

By Chuck Wilson
Wright is a find, while Rowe may surprise those who dismissed him as a Brad Pitt look-alike when he first came to attention in "Billy’s...
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Chicago Reader

What might have been a routine coming-out story is enriched by Wright's accomplished and honest performance, Markowitz's straightforward...
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By Dennis Harvey
A pleasant romantic drama that works best when focused on the romance -- or on the waves, since the principal characters spend a lot of...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Coming out has rarely looked so pretty.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Actors Trevor Wright and Brad Rowe are good enough to turn a formulaic coming-out tale into a sweet romance.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Shelter is a gay movie like other American gay movies. Boy meets boy. Boy comes out. Boys fight opposition. Opposition caves. If there's...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
The script sounds like literal diary transcripts, the camerawork tests the limits of eyestrain, and the soundtrack bleats with mediocre pop...
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What a great surprise

By pbylund
Not since Brokeback Mountain have I felt so passionate for a film. A wonderful story, well acted for the most part, and well told. I was really moved by this film and want to see it again....

Shelter aka Brokeback Beach

By snarkymikey
We gays have low expectations for gay films. Just like John Singleton spoofed Stand By Me in making Boyz in the Hood, doing more of a ripoff of Brokeback Mountain could have only made this film...

Hits the spot!

By arevillestar
Being an open, but not fragrant gay guy has its challenges- namely that the gay culture, which includes gay film, have guys flirting about with hips swaying and lisps lashing out sassy dialogue. ...

Really, really good..

By jon61089
One of the best love stories of all time. SOO getting it on DVD!!...

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Rated R | For Brief Drug Use, Some Sexual Content and Language