Chasing Mavericks Reviews

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Casey Burchby
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
Floating atop the explosive breakers, like an overabundance of phytoplankton, is a roiling colony of clichés that stops at nothing to dominate the screenplay.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 29, 2012
It's a perfect fortune cookie of a movie, full of bland life lessons for everybody; would that there were some drama or style in it somewhere along the way.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 26, 2012
For Hanson and Apted, this is a rather inconsequential effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 26, 2012
The heart-pounding surfing scenes are epic but the script can barely keep its head above the waves in the dramatized biopic Chasing Mavericks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
October 26, 2012
When every frayed plot device you've predicted makes its inevitable appearance, at least you'll have the majestic waves off the California coastline to comfort you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 26, 2012
Never really [delivers] the sun-in-your-face, salt-in-your-hair, sandy-cocky thrill of surfing or surf culture.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2012
Neither Curtis Hanson nor the fellow veteran director who replaced him when Hanson took ill, Michael Apted, can do much with the hokey sequences on land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 26, 2012
The tsunami of schmaltzy melodrama ... threatens to swamp the proceedings, which at heart are actually kind of thrilling and inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 25, 2012
With the massive power and mesmerizing curl of the giant waves, Chasing Mavericks is at its best offshore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" moves as fast as a runner in waist-high water and wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 25, 2012
The outstanding big-wave footage proves more credible than the overfamiliar dramatics in Chasing Mavericks.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 25, 2012
Granted, both directors have been adrift for the past decade, but even someone with water in his ears should have sensed that this script needed a rescue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" falls into the "Machine Gun" category of disappointments - at best it's a wash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 25, 2012
The sinking feeling starts as soon as "Chasing Mavericks" opens, with Gerard Butler's solemn narration: "We all come from the sea," he intones, "but we are not all of the sea."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 25, 2012
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 25, 2012
A family movie of aggravating blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 25, 2012
Chasing Mavericks manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with admittedly affecting results.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2012
Nothing special; decent enough considering the circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 25, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" invents minor conflicts but avoids major problems, coming off less like a biographical drama than a visit from a guest lecturer during Sunday school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
October 25, 2012
A sweet ride worth catching.
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Mark Conley
San Jose Mercury News
October 25, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" ... trained its glossy, big-budget Hollywood lens on the surfing culture and did something unheard of: It got it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 25, 2012
... you see what 'Chasing Mavericks' missed entirely: the transfiguring energy that animated this remarkable child of the sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 25, 2012
While Chasing Mavericks has a couple of eye-catching moments, it doles them out stingily.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" is made with more care and intelligence than many another film starting with its template might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4