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58

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Swimming Upstream evokes time and place without being showy about it and offers an altogether invigorating experience.
75
Rush and Davis shine, and the drama is engrossingly told until it turns sadly sentimental in the last minutes.
70
A passionately told tale.
63
Miami Herald
Gripping family drama keeps Swimming Upstream from going under.
60
Empire
Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, predictably impressive in the roles of abusive, alcoholic dad and troubled-but-tough mum.
58
Portland Oregonian
Its smallness of scale, and undemonstrative nature, could make it a welcome change of pace from Hollywood bombast, especially for fans of the life aquatic.
50
New York Daily News
Rush has never played anyone this starkly unsympathetic, and he proves to be very good at playing very bad.
50
New York Post
Treads water.
50
Fingleton turned his own story into a feel-good fable; neither Martin McGrath's gorgeous cinematography nor the hypnotic score by Run Lola Run(1998) composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil's can compensate.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Without them (Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis), the melodramatic chronicle of real-life swimmer Tony Fingleton's formative years would have very little going for it.

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