Blue Crush Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
January 13, 2003
In all, American girls could do worse than have Blue Crush as their own summer action movie.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 22, 2002
The movie isn't nearly dumb enough to be much beach fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 21, 2002
The body-doubling and face-pasting are unfortunately blatant.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 17, 2002
| Original Score: B+
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CNN.com
August 17, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
A pure celebration of riding the waves.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
A big, sexy, sun-splashed thrill ride.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 16, 2002
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 16, 2002
It is trashy good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
August 16, 2002
Blue Crush is one of those tough-to-sell late-summer flicks made for marketing impossible dreams and fashion. But its main failure is the way it undermines its heroine's drive and strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2002
Some surf movies fail because they take surfing too seriously, dwelling on the spiritual sense that comes from riding on the surface of a mighty power. Blue Crush fails for the opposite reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 16, 2002
Blue Crush never bobs to the surface as anything other than a formula picture.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 16, 2002
Blue Crush is so prolonged and boring it isn't even close to being the barn-burningly bad movie it promised it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 16, 2002
To anyone who takes it for granted that females are capable of making up their own minds and taking risks, Blue Crush has nothing to distinguish it, save some exciting surfing footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 16, 2002
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 16, 2002
Unlike most surf movies, Blue Crush thrillingly uses modern technology to take the viewer inside the wave. By the end you can't help but feel 'stoked.'
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
Looking at the posters for Blue Crush, which show Bosworth, Rodriguez and Lake posing with bikinis and surfboards, I expected another mindless surfing movie. Blue Crush is anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2002
With so much to feast my dazzled eyes upon, I barely noticed that the plot was missing in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 16, 2002
Blue Crush offers the most intense visual experience I've had at the movies all year.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2002
Blue Crush is the perfect Gen-X surfer movie, a triumph of style over substance...
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 15, 2002
It's hard to resist being swept up in Blue Crush, not least because David Hennings's shimmery photography carries the breeze and spray of the island right into the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Ward Aguilar
Houston Chronicle
August 15, 2002
The film's plot may be shallow, but you've never seen the deep like you see it in these harrowing surf shots.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2002
While the plot rarely rises above the level of serviceable, it's actually not as moronic as might have been expected, with the characterizations being somewhat less stereotypical than usual.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2002
[Stockwell] captures the rush and glory, and the total tidal awesomeness of the sport.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Acceptable in general outline, and helped by excellent surfing footage, Blue Crush nevertheless can't seem to sustain any momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2002
Blue Crush has brains and heart to go along with its beautiful looks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 15, 2002
Don't forget the waves. They're the stars of this show, and Blue Crush smartly never lets you forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 15, 2002
Blue Crush is like a pop song you can never understand the words to, but the tune is so irresistible you find yourself humming along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2002
Apart from dazzling cinematography, we've seen just about everything in Blue Crush in one form or the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 15, 2002
The film would have been more enjoyable had the balance shifted in favor of water-bound action over the land-based 'drama,' but the emphasis on the latter leaves Blue Crush waterlogged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 15, 2002
It's a day at the beach -- with air conditioning and popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2002
Bosworth is a star in the making, but even she can't outshine the surfing footage, which is flat-out spectacular.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 2002
An engaging, formulaic sports drama that carries a charge of genuine excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2002
One of the best fictional movies ever made about the whole surf culture.