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Riding Giants Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Seems intent on selling the sport rather than examining why people are willing to risk their necks to challenge nature at her most volatile.

March 16, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A documentary that tries to cover too much in its praise of big wave surfing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2004
Mark Umbach
FilmStew.com

Peralta could have probably lost another ten minutes in the editing room and still garnered the same visceral impact.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

July 12, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Essentially a moving Abercrombie and Fitch catalog, Riding Giants is a boy's club chronicle of surfing that, while gnarly to look at, feels like too much homework.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The interviews really aren't all that interesting, and the film clips are usually washed out and not especially impressive.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Equal parts ecstatic archival sports video and hagiography of the pioneers of the deep water.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

July 29, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

From the film's opening seconds, in which a lone surfer emerges from a wave's whitewater to the strains of first organ, then choir music, we can see that the filmmaker has come to sanctify his subject rather than explore it.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2004
Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media

Lively look at big wave surfing.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

[Peralta] has a knack for cutting found footage with a dynamic soundtrack and obviously recognizes the advantage of pausing the narrative for a moment and allowing his audience the pleasure of just watching the surf.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Peralta has done a marvelous job at showing the intimidating waves and the guts it must take men (and occasionally women) to ride them.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an enjoyable, well-paced look at the discovery and evolution of big wave riding

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B+

January 29, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Before seeing Riding Giants, my ideas about surfing were formed by the Gidget movies, Endless Summer, the Beach Boys, Elvis and lots of TV commercials. ... Riding Giants is about altogether another reality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 20, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A loving, entertaining tutorial.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]his film ranks right up there with last year's Step Into Liquid as a top surf doc.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 12, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Some of [the surfers] are articulate representatives of their sport, and one or two -- including Laird Hamilton -- should be listed among the greatest, most innovative athletes of our day.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2004
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

No matter how many times Peralta shows us a small speck of a guy barely gliding out from under a thunderous crash of whitewater, it can't help but thrill.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 7, 2004
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Surf's up!

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

December 3, 2004
Christian Toto
Washington Times

The true Giants are the colorful, old-school surfers who give this documentary its heart

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2004
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

An enthralling, entertaining, jaw-dropping look at the history of surfing.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: A-

September 2, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The film's utterly deadpan approach sets it apart from such previous surf movies as The Endless Summer and Step Into Liquid, which were as much adventure travelogues as anything else.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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October 18, 2008
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
Neil Smith
Film4

It's enough to make you want to take to the waves yourself.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 5, 2008

Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 20, 2004
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