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Morning Light Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2008
An old-fashioned doc about a sailboat race is well produced but lacks urgency and true insight.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Morning Light strenuously ignores the obvious emotional and physical toll, playing up the gosh-darn fun factor until the participants feel like cogs in the film's inspiration machine.
Edward Douglas
October 14, 2008
As relaxing as it may be to watch the Morning Light floating idly at sea with glorious sunsets setting behind it, it doesn't make for a particularly entertaining movie and it's certainly not something that will inspire anyone to get into sailing as a spor
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
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
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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
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
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 16, 2008
It fails to let us live vicariously through these sailors and actually join them on their trip. And it fails because it's a reality show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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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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
Jay Antani
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2008
For those of us attuned to the punched-up presentation of The Amazing Race and Survivor, built week by week to maximize human drama and suspense, Morning Light is just reality lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 17, 2008
Morning Light is a sweepingly beautiful documentary unmoored by democratic intentions.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2008
Morning Light has populist ambitions, which may frustrate fans of art house documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
October 14, 2008
The film feels more like the ultimate scrapbook for the participants than the vicarious thrill the pair no doubt imagined for audiences.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
The film may interest sailing enthusiasts. For the rest of us, Morning Light is a yawn.
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
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