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Morning Light Reviews

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Bill Gibron
July 12, 2009
(T)his may be one of those achievements in human endurance that doesn't elicit cheers, but sneers. It's just too picture perfected to be powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 28, 2009
A vanity project...[but also] a sincere love letter to sailing, as seen through the eyes of a handful of very lucky youngsters. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rhiannon Sawyer
FILMINK (Australia)
March 13, 2009
Any time...personal history is touched upon, it is quickly shoved under the carpet in favor of yet another sailing montage, complete with compulsory sunset.
David Frese
Kansas City Star
November 7, 2008
Morning Light fails as film or TV. It's essentially a vanity project for sailing enthusiast Roy E. Disney.
| Original Score: 1/4
David N. Butterworth
October 23, 2008
This flat, uninspired sailing documentary from the Walt Disney studios has surprisingly little to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine
October 21, 2008
All good intentions aside, Morning Light is nothing more than a glorified television documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
The film may interest sailing enthusiasts. For the rest of us, Morning Light is a yawn.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 18, 2008
It's just so Disney. It could make you very cross.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2008
Morning Light is a sunny, saltwater-splashed tale of inspiration.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 17, 2008
The documentary is enjoyable, though it could have been edited more tightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 17, 2008
For those who love sailing, Morning Light will confirm their passion and please them right down to their Top-Sider encased toes. For the rest of us, this sailors' tale just smacks of naval gazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 17, 2008
If you don't speak the jargon of sailing and racing, most of the conversations between teammates mean very little. Impenetrable editing reduces the action to a meaningless blur.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 17, 2008
It's extremely good at communicating the joy of sailing, of putting its finger on the unique aesthetic appeal it offers its addicts and of making us believe that it is a precious gift that will enhance the future of these young people.
Full Review | Original Score: B
M.E. Russell
October 17, 2008
The camera can only film the on-deck action from so many angles before it gets repetitive. The musical score is pabulum. Race technology and tactics are barely explored, and you never get a sense of the larger field of competitors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 17, 2008
The aristo-brats are required to jump into a swimming pool and tread water for five minutes with their shoes on. Horrible! Still, one of them nearly drowns, proving that he shouldn't be allowed near a body of water larger than a bottle of Poland Spring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 17, 2008
These eager young amateurs have the kind of passion nobody could fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008
If the makers were hoping they'd chronicled a metaphor for life's struggle, they probably weren't counting on the struggle being monotony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
October 17, 2008
A beautifully photographed documentary about a group of freshly scrubbed youngsters coming together for a grueling sailing competition.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 17, 2008
We get little explanation in the way of tactics or technique, and the filmmakers have compressed time into a bunch of cuts and platitudes about how the race will change the competitors' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Mondello
October 17, 2008
Mostly the film is more appealing for its scenery, which is as breathtakingly blue as you'd expect, than for its drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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