The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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With a storyline as by-the-numbers as a square dance, the movie's one surprise comes with the closing credits -- namely, that this trite "inspirational" movie is the product of two world-class filmmakers, Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted.
As one might assume, the surf cinematography is superb. But as a nod to the young surf king Jay Moriarty, rather than "Live Like Jay," this film comes far closer to the opposite, namely a burial at sea.
No matter how much lame macho talk there is about appreciating life after you've faced death, it's difficult to be moved by a guy who's facing danger that would be entirely preventable if he would just stop paddling right into it.