• PG, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Curtis Hanson
  • In Theaters:    Oct 26, 2012 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 26, 2013
  • 20th Century Fox

Chasing Mavericks Reviews

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Casey Burchby
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

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

John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 6, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 31, 2012

For the real Mavericks, stick with Stacy Peralta's documentary Riding Giants.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 12, 2013

Moribund.

Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 5, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
October 26, 2012

For Hanson and Apted, this is a rather inconsequential effort.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
October 25, 2012

With a storyline as by-the-numbers as a square dance, the movie's one surprise comes with the closing credits -- namely, that this trite "inspirational" movie is the product of two world-class filmmakers, Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted.

Kimberly Gadette
Doddle
October 25, 2012

As one might assume, the surf cinematography is superb. But as a nod to the young surf king Jay Moriarty, rather than "Live Like Jay," this film comes far closer to the opposite, namely a burial at sea.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
October 25, 2012

... you see what 'Chasing Mavericks' missed entirely: the transfiguring energy that animated this remarkable child of the sea.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
October 26, 2012

A pretty good sports tale yet the human element is just barely there.

Full Review | Original Score: 4
Henry Barnes
Guardian
July 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 25, 2012

No matter how much lame macho talk there is about appreciating life after you've faced death, it's difficult to be moved by a guy who's facing danger that would be entirely preventable if he would just stop paddling right into it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
July 4, 2013

[A] neap tide of mush.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 25, 2012

"Chasing Mavericks" falls into the "Machine Gun" category of disappointments - at best it's a wash.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
December 11, 2012

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.'

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today
October 25, 2012

At best, Butler (as the Mr. Miyagi of surfing) got to learn how to surf from a professional.

Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
July 7, 2013

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.

Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 26, 2012

The surfing scenes are spectacular. Unfortunately, those scenes cover about 30 minutes of a badly written, mostly boring 90-minute film.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 26, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 4, 2013

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