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
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
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...
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
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 31, 2011
Like Bethany's sunshine filled life, once a great white takes the talented girl's left arm, the film takes a dramatic turn in both tone and artistic execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 23, 2011
Beyond the Hollywood gloss and PG rating, there is no denying the power of this gritty true story about a teenage champion surfer who defies the odds to get back on her surfboard and win again after losing her arm in a shark attack
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 14, 2011
... an inspiring story, extremely well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 14, 2011
An uplifting and utterly traditional exploration of faith in the face of death that also happens to have some terrific surfing footage and Carrie Underwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
April 13, 2011
This would have made a better documentary than a live-action re-creation. Still, 'Soul Surfer,' despite its flaws, tells the real-life inspirational story of Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Armond White
New York Press
April 13, 2011
The movie glides by easily -- like surfing looks -- which is the result of genuine and strong filmmaking craft.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 12, 2011
It may seem overly brave and religious but remember it is a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
April 10, 2011
Soul Surfer is a rare film these days, truly heartwarming and inspirational. The performances are wonderful and true and the movie itself is exciting and lovely to look at. It's a perfect family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 10, 2011
This inspiring movie about courage and faith offers a wonderful role model for everyone -- not just teenage girls.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 8, 2011
On-the-nose dramatically but marked by invested-in performances, feel-good movie of genial deification Soul Surfer should play quite well in Red State rural and suburban areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 8, 2011
Slick, visually exciting, inspirational Christian drama based on the true comeback story of a teen surfer who loses her arm to a shark.
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 8, 2011
It's Bethany and Alana's friendship - its sturdiness and vulnerability, its laughs and sincere apologies - that rules the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2011
For plenty of family viewers, this film will catch a wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Razak
Flixist.com
April 8, 2011
Surprisingly I came out of Soul Surfer without that sticky sweet feeling you get from too much schmaltz and only a strong desire to see AnnaSophia Robb in more moves and Carrie Underwood in far fewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.85/10
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