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Morning Light Reviews

May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2008
Morning Light is a sunny, saltwater-splashed tale of inspiration.
October 17, 2008
The documentary is enjoyable, though it could have been edited more tightly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
October 17, 2008
These eager young amateurs have the kind of passion nobody could fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
October 17, 2008
Morning Light has populist ambitions, which may frustrate fans of art house documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2008
Morning Light is a sweepingly beautiful documentary unmoored by democratic intentions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 17, 2008
An old-fashioned doc about a sailboat race is well produced but lacks urgency and true insight.
October 17, 2008
An OK sports doc that owes as much to reality TV competitions as it does to the genre of nautical cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.