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Blue Crush (2002)

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61

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 140
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 54

The surfing sequences are exhilarating, but the plot is pretty forgettable and trite.

64

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 12

The surfing sequences are exhilarating, but the plot is pretty forgettable and trite.

audience

59

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 370,774

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Movie Info

Move over, Gidget -- a new breed of female surfers with style, guts and attitude hit the screen in this feature, which combines romance with a sports drama. Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is a young woman living in Hawaii who has been surfing since she was a little girl, and over the past year has been training for the prestigious Pipe Masters surfing competition. But Anne Marie is still dealing with emotional baggage that's holding her back -- her mother abandoned her years ago, leaving her to

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

Lizzy Weiss, John Stockwell

Jan 14, 2003

$40.1M

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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (54) | DVD (16)

In all, American girls could do worse than have Blue Crush as their own summer action movie.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The movie isn't nearly dumb enough to be much beach fun.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The body-doubling and face-pasting are unfortunately blatant.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A pure celebration of riding the waves.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A big, sexy, sun-splashed thrill ride.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Blue Crush has all the trappings of an energetic, extreme-sports adventure, but ends up more of a creaky "Pretty Woman" retread, with the emphasis on self-empowering schmaltz and big-wave surfing that gives pic its title an afterthought.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Affable yet forgettable...

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Tough yet tender surfer heroine story.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Sporting a cast of up-and-coming actresses, John Stockwell's surfing flick offers up a slice of entertainment that acknowledges its roots and whose throw away pleasures arrive with no guilt.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

When the movie attempts to tell a story on land, you might want to bring along a flashlight and a magazine.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Proves to indeed be the formulaic bore it appears to be, however nicely dressed up (or undressed, depending on one's perspective) it is.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Stockwell has made half of a good movie. Now he needs to figure out how to craft a film with words worthy of the beauty of its images.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Apesar de um ou outro diálogo se render ao clichê do "vença-seus-medos!", o filme é bem realizado, conta com protagonistas carismáticas e transforma o surfe em um esporte com incrível apelo cinematográfico.

July 16, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Surfing is not a particularly complex thing to figure out from the outside, but here the photography and editing do well to demonstrate the beauty of how it all looks while moving with a momentum that wraps us up in the physical drama.

April 13, 2003

The target audience should go home wanting a surfboard for Christmas.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The acting is generally not bad in this movie... but the real star is the camerawork.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

I'm sure that an interesting film could easily be made about girl surfers, this just ain't it.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

No hay mucho material histriónico definitivamente. Pero la Bosworth no lo requiere (jeje). Brilla una colección de fotografías impresionantes de acción y olas. Sólo eso.

November 14, 2002
Cinenganos

The feature film hidden within does not begin to match the fabulous scenery.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Not "The Endless Summer," but filmed well enough to register artistically.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

It's inoffensive, cheerful, built to inspire the young people, set to an unending soundtrack of beach party pop numbers and aside from its remarkable camerawork and awesome scenery, it's about as exciting as a sunburn.

September 30, 2002
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A great-looking movie about surfing with a marginal love story grafted onto it, in much the same way an arm might be grafted onto a cocker spaniel.

August 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

There's absolutely no reason why Blue Crush, a late-summer surfer girl entry, should be as entertaining as it is

August 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Though the visuals are often gorgeous, the dramatic elements don't always work quite as well as they should because there is not enough attention given to them.

August 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The amazing film work is so convincing that by movies' end you'll swear you are wet in some places and feel sand creeping in others.

August 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Blue Crush

The viewer stands to gain little from watching this film. Its boring, recycled plot can be found in many sports movies. Athlete is good at his/her sport, gets distracted by life, is encouraged to go back to the sport, is skeptical at first, but then decides that the sport truly is more important and succeeds in the end. That's all there is here. So there's nothing unique or exciting about the core of the film, but hey, at least Kate Bosworth and friends spend half the film in bikinis.
July 7, 2011
rjayhutchinson

Super Reviewer

Kate Skarratt: And when I tell you to go, you gotta go. You gotta paddle your little heart out. You can't hesitate, you can't pull back, you can't hold back. No fear. Alright?

Blue Crush was a lot more entertaining than I thought it would be. The surf scenes are really well made and look great. I don't think Kate Bosworth is a great actress, but she's beautiful and isn't too bad in this one. The movie for me falls apart because it is over dramatic and most of the time pretty cliche. You can probably guess how the final scene will play out before the movie gets 15 minutes in. Another aspect I hated was the soundtrack. It was really annoying with horrible rap and pop songs and it kind of ruined the best parts of the movie for me. Every time there was a long surf scene they would play horrible music and totally demolish the scene. Not a horrible movie; just a predictable decent one.
July 3, 2011
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A solid chick flick that delivers when it comes to the oceans and its small stories that flow with it's average dialogue. I can only mildly recommend this, but it is a good movie!
August 28, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

i quite liked this movie, its sweet enough not a movie i'd watch again though i dont think , although i liked the friendship and it is quite amusing in places and it certainly is sweet and ambscious movie it just doesnt appeal to me as such becuase its not got enough comedy to make it a comedy and its not inspiring enough to be a nice heart felt drama so im left in the middle, it is worth the watch but not a second watch!
May 1, 2010
FiLmCrAzY
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    1. Eden: These waves are for the big boys.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Anne Marie: Penny didn't finish her homework.
    2. Penny: You weren't here to help me.
    3. Anne Marie: She's got to do her homework.
    4. Eden: Don't give us shit 'cause you were out there working it.
    5. Anne Marie: Shut up.
    6. Lena: Don't deny it. You were working it like a rib without the sauce.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Penny: You were the one who made mom leave! You were screwing up all the time!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Anne Marie: Don't worry, Penny. There's still plenty of time to get pregnant and go on welfare.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Anne Marie: What do I want? Oh my god, I want Penny to quit smoking and go to college. I want, I want to be able to pay the phone, electric and rent in the same month. I want a girl to be on the cover of Surf magazine. It would be great if that girl were me, but any girl would do. I want... I mean I wish my mom would come home, and I really, really want to win pipe masters tomorrow, that's what I want.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Anne Marie: Just tell me what to do... please.
    2. Matt: You want me to tell you what to do?
    3. Anne Marie: Yes.
    4. Matt: You know what to do.
    5. Anne Marie: No. Matt... I don't.
    6. Matt: Just be the girl I met on the beach.
    7. Anne Marie: Who? Who was she?
    8. Matt: The kind of girl who wouldn't ask a guy what to do.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
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