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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.
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
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
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Ultra-poetic, mucho exciting, crazy-realistic surf legend.
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
October 31, 2012
Chasing Mavericks has an engaging story that is capably acted on land, and only gets more thrilling once it decides to get wet chasing mavericks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
October 31, 2012
Could be called the son of "Soul Surfer" as both movies appeal to the same audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sandy Schaefer
October 29, 2012
Chasing Mavericks offers some spectacular cinematic imitation of the surfing experience, but fills that mold with paint-by-numbers plot beats and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 26, 2012
Inspiring story about teen surfer has some sad moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
October 26, 2012
Like most amateur surfers, Hanson and Apted get off to a shaky start in Chasing Mavericks; but once they find their balance, they ride the incredible wave of Moriarity's uplifting tale with the sure footing of the seasoned pros they truly are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 26, 2012
The inspirational part becomes a letdown in the finale (when the movie tells us, as gently as possible, about Moriarity's life after Mavericks), but Moriarity's good-natured determination shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
October 26, 2012
Chasing Mavericks is one of those easily digestible, quickly forgettable movies that neither offends nor inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
October 26, 2012
Regardless of the limp dramatic story leading up to the film's conclusion, "Chasing Mavericks" will charm surfers and wannabe surfers with its thrilling surfing sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Dan Lybarger
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 26, 2012
If Chasing Mavericks is short in the originality department, at least directors Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) know how to make the film seem believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 25, 2012
The surfers and the surfing, along with the natural beauty of the California coastline, help balance the movie's weak areas, including its lamentably one-dimensional protagonist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 25, 2012
At regular intervals in Chasing Mavericks, impatience is overpowered by awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 25, 2012
so overstuffed with life altering events some of them drift off into the ether. What [it] does phenomenally well, however, is capture the the immense power of the ocean and the strength and wits necessary to attempt to scale its biggest waves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 25, 2012
The film captures the majesty and violence of the big waves and gives us a taste of their allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 25, 2012
Chasing Mavericks manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with admittedly affecting results.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 25, 2012
There’s a nobility in a well-made teen movie, not least because of the rarity of the breed...[this] sports movie concerned with the physical, emotional, and moral development of a young man fruitfully aspires to the likes of Breaking Away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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