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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 55

It's sweet, gentle, and affably modest, but Chasing Mavericks is ultimately pulled under by an unconvincing script and a puzzling lack of energy.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 20

It's sweet, gentle, and affably modest, but Chasing Mavericks is ultimately pulled under by an unconvincing script and a puzzling lack of energy.

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Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship

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Drama

Brandon Hooper

Feb 26, 2013

$6.0M

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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (55)

Floating atop the explosive breakers, like an overabundance of phytoplankton, is a roiling colony of clichés that stops at nothing to dominate the screenplay.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's a perfect fortune cookie of a movie, full of bland life lessons for everybody; would that there were some drama or style in it somewhere along the way.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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For Hanson and Apted, this is a rather inconsequential effort.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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The heart-pounding surfing scenes are epic but the script can barely keep its head above the waves in the dramatized biopic Chasing Mavericks.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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When every frayed plot device you've predicted makes its inevitable appearance, at least you'll have the majestic waves off the California coastline to comfort you.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Never really [delivers] the sun-in-your-face, salt-in-your-hair, sandy-cocky thrill of surfing or surf culture.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (3)
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This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare 'family' movie that isn't preachy or insipid.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Moribund.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church.

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Despite a number of exhilarating surfing sequences, the interesting true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty is transformed into another dull Hollywood biopic.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

It's a relatively hackneyed drama, unable to turn the real-life story of young surfer Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) into a silver screen sizzler.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Like waves beating on a shore, the guff just keeps on coming.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

[It] just leaves some decent shots of rising swells, breaking waves and daredevil surfers to hold the attention for two hours.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The script's a drowner, the acting's awash. Again and again Butler returns to the sea. He just about survives the buffeting.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Butler and Weston forge a credible bond, with able on-shore support coming from Abigail Spencer as Frosty's saintly wife, Hunger Gamer Leven Rambin as Jay's sweetheart and, of course, yummy mummy Shue.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

By-the-numbers biopic with a lacklustre script and bland performances from both Weston and Butler, though it gets a boost from some exciting surfing sequences.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

[A] neap tide of mush.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

By the time it's over, you'll either be heading for the beach or vowing never to go in the water again.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Board-paddlers may enjoy the surfing lessons, but when it's on dry land this is a beach to watch.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Writer/director team Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted deliver a surprisingly tepid tale that becomes cheesier and cheesier the closer it gets to its predictable payoff.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This drama, which succeeds when the characters are in the water, has little to offer when they are back on land.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Despite Butler's considerable charm and undeniably buff appearance, Chasing Mavericks sinks in choppy water.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

It's always odd walking away from an average film, realizing there are plenty of flaws, and still kind of liking it. That's the case with 'Chasing Mavericks.'

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Almost redeemed by a thrilling final 15 minutes; at its best during watery action scenes while avoiding the trappings of a shallow, clichéd script.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Visually it captures the combination of grace and excitement in the water, but the film drowns amid a sea of coming-of-age cliches.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Ultra-poetic, mucho exciting, crazy-realistic surf legend.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Chasing Mavericks

A fun movie about a real-life teenager who overcame everything in his path to achieve his dream of being a surfer. Very inspiring movie about finding your path in life, and sticking to your goals. The script is somewhat your typical average sports movie that is won over by good acting, and breathtaking views of the California beaches, and unbelievably beautiful waves...
September 2, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Depressing, boring, and far too small for what it is, "Chasing Mavericks" does not try hard enough casting or in it's dialogue. The lead star does not seem to have the characteristics for the characters he is portraying and his acting does not blend well alongside Gerard Butler, who delivers a fine performance as always. Besides a few motivational speeches by Gerard Butler, the film focusses on all the saddest moments of this true story making for a very overlong and shallow movie with no real conclusion to the film. If the biggest event is shown in the credits through text, why not just add that to the film, because seeing as depressing as the film was, it probably would have been a better ending. I have to say that I do not like this movie, because it just tries way to hard in all the wrong ways. "Chasing Mavericks" is a fine film for a specific type of audience and that is about it.
July 2, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Legends Start Somewhere.

Great Film! If you want to watch a movie with a fresh point of view on the world and enjoy every minute of it, I highly recommend watching Chasing Mavericks. Chasing Mavericks is the type of movie that will make you feel alive.This movie was great. The filming of of the huge waves, surfers, and conditions was fantastic. I found it a beautiful story of people, the challenge of relationships, mixed with the thrill of surfing, and the athletic abilities required for the champions. The movie approaches the theme of love, family and freedom in a very natural way; something that we rarely see in any other movies of this decade. It's very inspirational and motivating, yet it's very real and natural, so you get inspired without being lectured. I highly recommend this movie to everyone who wants to reconnect with their emotions and thoughts.

The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.
March 6, 2013
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Manu Gino

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"Chasing Mavericks" is the true story of surfing prodigy Jay Moriarity(Jonny Weston). It focuses on his relationship with Frosty(Gerard Burler) who takes him under his wing to train him to survive "Mavericks". "Mavericks" are basically giant waves that are talked about but rarely seen. I don't know why but I usually really like surfing movies. I've never surfed, am too out of shape to ever do it, but the movies always seem to work for me. "Chasing Mavericks" is no different. It's a little on the melodramatic side sometimes, but overall it's executed very well, and the performances are all pretty good. This is Weston's first role, and he is a little wooden, but overall he does enough to make the role his and believable. Good for a watch if your in the mood for a sports like drama.
March 2, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Frosty Hesson: What are you afraid of? You've got a chance to change everything. Take It. This is about more then just surfing. This is about choices you make in life. This is about finding that one thing that sets you free. You need to believe in yourself or none of this matters.
    – Submitted by Jay W (16 months ago)
    1. Brenda Hesson: There are all kinds of sons. Some are born to you, some just occur to you.
    – Submitted by Jay W (16 months ago)
    1. Jay Moriarty: Maybe the biggest wave in the world.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
    1. Jay Moriarty: Have you ever felt like you were meant for something more?
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
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