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Riding Giants Reviews

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Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Lively look at big wave surfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
Just short of dropping you into the ocean with a surfboard, Riding Giants serves as the definitive (and immersive) guide to the essence of all that is surfing."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This even more exhilarating documentary focuses more on the history of the sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2008
This is vicarious cinema at its best.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
At its heart, Riding Giants is a work of pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Easily bearing comparison with Bruce Brown's seminal The Endless Summer, this stands as the second-best surf documentary ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's all pretty swanky.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Peralta has a great sense of pacing and a good eye for B-roll footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
March 5, 2005
Through gently panned-over photos (one of many debts to Burns) and home-movie footage, Peralta traces the graceful arc of the sport, its culture, and its icons.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...an enjoyable, well-paced look at the discovery and evolution of big wave riding
Read More | Original Score: B+
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 15, 2005
Wonderfully entertaining while being genuinely educational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 17, 2004
Even for people who know little about surfing, the film should prove a fascinating crib sheet.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
December 4, 2004
Entertaining, informative and insightful, this is a hugely enjoyable film that stands a good chance of picking up the Best Documentary award come Oscar time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
December 3, 2004
Surf's up!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 30, 2004
Like an adrenaline rush, Riding Giants is fun for a while but it ends on a comedown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 29, 2004
If you can't swing a Hawaiian vacation, this may be the next best thing.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 7, 2004
Gets a lot of mileage out of a familiar topic, in large part thanks to Peralta, an insider whose enthusiasm for the sport is contagious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 1, 2004
Peralta is smart to focus on the personalities in surfing, rather than just giving us a Warren Miller-style compendium of awesome surfing footage.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
September 21, 2004
Replete with color home films of surfing in California and Hawaii in the 1940s and 1950s in addition to the footage shot for the film...this is a don't miss film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 20, 2004
Some of the surfing scenes are spectacular in their beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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