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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A cool documentary that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen. show more

  • 50
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 90
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

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

  • 80

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

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    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. show more

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