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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a piece of unabashed myth-making from first-time writer-director Sunny Abberton, himself a member of the infamous surf tribe from the working-class beachside suburb of Maroubra, in Sydney. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    An odd, one-sided documentary that nevertheless opens a window onto Australian class struggles and a world weirdly familiar and exotic simultaneously. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    What it lacks in objectivity, it makes up for in vivid intimacy. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Bra Boys uses reenactments to make the case that Jai acted in self-defense, but the tactic comes off cheap and unconvincing. Worse, the director never bothers to talk to anyone outside the tight coterie of insiders. Why should he when his brothers' freedom is at stake? show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The film is narrated by Russell Crowe, whose star power is probably the only reason it's being released here. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    Bra Boys isn't really a documentary at all but a piece of PR propaganda designed to counteract years of bad press. Beautiful, soaring, exhilarating propaganda, no doubt, but propaganda nonetheless. show more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly

    Partly a straightforward surf movie with impressive wave-catching footage. However, other sections track the legal troubles of Jai Abberton, a Bra Boy who was tried and acquitted of murder. This makes for an often fascinating but awkward mix. show more

  • 42
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    As a chronicle of an extreme surfing subculture, Bra Boys is semi-fascinating. As a chronicle of rough-and-tumble street life, it's appallingly biased and self-glorifying. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Rudimentarily made as documentaries go--and more than a touch self-glorifying at times--Bra Boys is nevertheless intriguing for its insider's perspective of an outsider culture steeped in tradition, male-bonding rituals, and intense localism. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    The contrast between grainy videos of street fights and gorgeous scenes of the same boys conquering enormous waves is simultaneously inspiring and sad. Imagine a world in which gang members looked forward to singing in the Sunday choir. show more

  • September 13, 2008 jsurfer1451
    Report This User

    An Excellent movie/documentary. If you surf you will love this film. It has great ups and downs and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Some of the waves surfed in the film such as "Ours" and "Cyclops" some of the heaviest waves in the the world. A great Aussie film!

  • May 22, 2008 iluvjackn
    Report This User

    someone tell me where this movie is playing. i'm in new york and can't find it?????? help

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