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Chasing Mavericks Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 5, 2013
This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare 'family' movie that isn't preachy or insipid.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 12, 2013
Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)
July 7, 2013
While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church.
Rich Cline
July 5, 2013
Despite a number of exhilarating surfing sequences, the interesting true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty is transformed into another dull Hollywood biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 5, 2013
It's a relatively hackneyed drama, unable to turn the real-life story of young surfer Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) into a silver screen sizzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
July 5, 2013
Like waves beating on a shore, the guff just keeps on coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 4, 2013
[It] just leaves some decent shots of rising swells, breaking waves and daredevil surfers to hold the attention for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Barnes
July 4, 2013
The script's a drowner, the acting's awash. Again and again Butler returns to the sea. He just about survives the buffeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 4, 2013
Butler and Weston forge a credible bond, with able on-shore support coming from Abigail Spencer as Frosty's saintly wife, Hunger Gamer Leven Rambin as Jay's sweetheart and, of course, yummy mummy Shue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
July 4, 2013
By-the-numbers biopic with a lacklustre script and bland performances from both Weston and Butler, though it gets a boost from some exciting surfing sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 4, 2013
[A] neap tide of mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
July 3, 2013
By the time it's over, you'll either be heading for the beach or vowing never to go in the water again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2013
Board-paddlers may enjoy the surfing lessons, but when it's on dry land this is a beach to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2013
Writer/director team Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted deliver a surprisingly tepid tale that becomes cheesier and cheesier the closer it gets to its predictable payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This drama, which succeeds when the characters are in the water, has little to offer when they are back on land.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 6, 2013
Despite Butler's considerable charm and undeniably buff appearance, Chasing Mavericks sinks in choppy water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
December 11, 2012
It's always odd walking away from an average film, realizing there are plenty of flaws, and still kind of liking it. That's the case with 'Chasing Mavericks.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 26, 2012
Almost redeemed by a thrilling final 15 minutes; at its best during watery action scenes while avoiding the trappings of a shallow, clichéd script.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
November 22, 2012
Visually it captures the combination of grace and excitement in the water, but the film drowns amid a sea of coming-of-age cliches.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Ultra-poetic, mucho exciting, crazy-realistic surf legend.
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