Soul Surfer Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A solid and inspiring story about faith and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
A well-intentioned, big-hearted, wannabe-crowd-pleaser that just happens to be so incompetently made that it might be rejected by Oprah's channel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013
The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 8, 2012
All that separates this from made-for-TV territory is another strong turn from gifted young lead AnnaSophia Robb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 25, 2011
A well-meaning, handsomely staged biopic of the top Hawaii-based surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark in 2003 at the age of 13...
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 24, 2011
It's ultimately let down by some heavy-handed sentimentality, an over-abundance of Bible-bashing and some dodgy CGI sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 23, 2011
Essential viewing for any injured armed forces veteran or contender for next year's Paralympics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
September 23, 2011
Sure, the film has its mawkish moments, but it's a remarkable, well-intentioned tale that deserves to ride its wave rather than to wipe out on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express
September 23, 2011
The film is sincere and even a little sanctimonious in the way it depicts Hamilton's family, strong Christian values and work with post-tsunami orphans in Phuket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 23, 2011
Clearly Bethany was quite a girl but this film prompts one simply to say "Amen".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 23, 2011
With a tale this strong, what could go wrong? Pretty much everything, as it turns out, with the story buffeted into oblivion by a tidal wave of syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 22, 2011
The film that follows is thin and frothy, though watch out for that final sentimental upsurge. It could drag and lift you against your will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 22, 2011
It's clear that Quaid learned nothing from Jaws 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
September 22, 2011
A surf film employing massive amounts of CG is incredible for all the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2011
In the end, the platitudes take over completely, but the inspirational story is still worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
September 21, 2011
Unless you like your inspiration in heavy-handed doses, you might be better off watching the real thing - on YouTube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 21, 2011
A succession of would-be rousing clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Mottram
Total Film
September 19, 2011
An amazing true story for sure, but this earnest dramatisation is so wholesome, it feels like being stuck in a never-ending Activia advert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Inspiring true story wipes out on underdog clichés and waves of melodramatic Hollywood cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 4, 2011
Faith-based...With its sports-movie structure and Hollywood production values, Soul Surfer is a creditable crossover picture; it just could've done with more nuance. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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