Splinters Synopsis
Villagers in Papua New Guinea prepare for a national surfing competition.
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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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Variety

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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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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...
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60

Time Out New York

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While marred somewhat by the griminess of its HD imagery, Splinters nonetheless successfully integrates the sport and an attendant...
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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...
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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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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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Very captivating!

By fhoutas
A great documentary that had you cheering them all on and hoping they all get to catch their big break. Wonderfully captured so that you felt like you were right there with them. Already recommending...

Awesome Flick!

By shinden252
Outstanding documentary capturing the spirit of humanity through surfing. Great competitive scenes. Loved it!...

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Rated NR