Surf's Up Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 7, 2007
A benign but often lifeless mockumentary offering familiar "be yourself" platitudes for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 8, 2007
Hollywood's latest attempt to capitalize on penguin appreciation features a forgettable plot, fountains of toilet humor and enough surfing scenarios to make a viewer seasick.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The [filmmakers were] hard-pressed to come up with enough story for even an old-time six-minute cartoon short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 8, 2007
Maybe the next penguin flick will do more justice to the subject. How about going all grindhouse in Lesbian Vampire Penguins of the SS?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
June 4, 2007
A movie made for people who think dogs playing poker is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 31, 2008
I'm still waiting for animation to go beyond talking animals and simplistic premises with almost take away value. I guess I'll have to sit on the fence with this one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
August 10, 2007
The real reason Surf's Up is so aggravating is that it's more concerned with sucking up to adults than it is to enchanting their children.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 7, 2007
Too laid-back to really boogie--as if it prefers sipping pina coladas to catching waves--and not funny enough to compensate for merely average animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
June 9, 2007
Laid-back and meandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
June 17, 2007
It doesn't quite hang ten, but at least it doesn't hang itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2007
From the nondescript voices to routine animation to an over-written story, this movie spends much of its time gasping for air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 8, 2007
If its tale of a teenage penguin who follows his dream of becoming a great surfing champion weren't tired enough, Surf's Up compounds its lack of inventiveness by styling itself as a 'mockumentary,' another gimmick as surfed out as a Florida beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 8, 2007
Marred by sudden dead spots and afflicted with a few alarming fits of double entendre inappropriateness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
June 7, 2007
Cody's search for his inner dude has produced a dud
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
August 10, 2007
Yet another preposterous penguin animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 8, 2007
Not enough wit for parents and not enough action and comedy for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
June 8, 2007
Overly long and often listlessly paced.
| Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2007
The novelty wears off almost immediately, leaving this a real chore to watch; there's something bizarre about low-budget spontaneity being replicated in such a labor-intensive medium.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2007
'Happy Feet' is a movie about penguins and 'Finding Nemo' is a movie about fish, but 'Surf's Up' is about SURFERS -- the project's penguinness seems more opportunistic than necessary.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 4, 2007
Kids won't get Surf's Up, and adults--at least fans of Riding Giants--may smell a con.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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June 5, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 9, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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