90

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea (and Best Documentary of the year as per Surfer Magazine).
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80

Variety

Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling documentary about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo.
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70

The New York Times

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.
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60

Time Out New York

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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A cool documentary that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.
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50

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
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.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen.
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63 out of 100
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