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Waveriders Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 9, 2009
Slightly waffly paean to Irish surfing, rescued by the always awesome sight of waves as high as the screen, and consummately skilled, tanned blokes turning them into a canvas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kezia Clark
Little White Lies
April 3, 2009
It's an entertaining and thought-provoking take on a sport, and a lifestyle, whose identity and history is increasingly under threat from commercial interests.
| Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
April 3, 2009
Initially, Waveriders looks like surf porn, but quickly reveals itself to be the story of the sport's unlikely genesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
April 3, 2009
The first essential surf movie since Riding Giants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
April 3, 2009
The sensational footage of surfers barrelling through 50ft waves provides most of the appeal. But Joel Conroy's documentary is full of scrapbook curios.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 3, 2009
Some awe-inspiring big-wave action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
April 3, 2009
The footage of the tiny figures riding these ferocious 50ft monsters goes past awe-inspiring into something almost indefinable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 3, 2009
Riding Giants covered much of the same ground in 2004 - and did it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 3, 2009
a winning combination of personal testimony, history lesson and heart-thumping action footage that chronicles Ireland's contribution to the development of surfing. An impressive insight into a little-known world.
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
April 9, 2009
Strictly for wave fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 3, 2009
Although the action footage is impressive, it becomes repetitive, exposing the rest of the movie as something of a ragbag. Surfing fans may be more enthused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 3, 2009
It's a tall tale that suggests the teller has swallowed the Blarney Stone whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
April 3, 2009
A few spectacular waves and a bit of interesting history is not enough to sustain a feature-length film. So it is probably just surf fans who will think Waveriders is swell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 3, 2009
However much you admire the daring of these young surfers, you soon realise that listening to them yarn on about the sport can become very, very boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 3, 2009
Watchable surfing documentary with some genuinely stunning footage, but you never really get to know the surfers themselves and the film doesn't do anything that Riding Giants didn't do twenty times better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
April 2, 2009
Earnest types speak in awe of wave sizes, yet no one once thinks to mount a camera on a surfer for a vicarious thrill. A lost opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 2, 2012
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