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Riding Giants Reviews

August 5, 2008
This is vicarious cinema at its best.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
It's all pretty swanky.
September 9, 2004
Instead of weighing the film down with spaced-out surfer-dude quotes, director Stacy Peralta traces the sport's origins back to the ancient Hawaiians.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2004
Before seeing Riding Giants, my ideas about surfing were formed by the Gidget movies, Endless Summer, the Beach Boys, Elvis and lots of TV commercials. ... Riding Giants is about altogether another reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2004
Peralta has a knack for taking a niche sport and drawing out its universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2004
There's no denying that much of this is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 6, 2004
The film's utterly deadpan approach sets it apart from such previous surf movies as The Endless Summer and Step Into Liquid, which were as much adventure travelogues as anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 6, 2004
Peralta has done a marvelous job at showing the intimidating waves and the guts it must take men (and occasionally women) to ride them.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2004
A loving, entertaining tutorial.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
By the end, you're numb from the waves of information crashing down on your head but you're also worn out and happy, unexpectedly touched by the story of men who climbed the highest mountain around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2004
It's difficult to imagine a movie that deals more thoroughly with big-wave surfing, but Riding Giants can't match the novelty and interest of Peralta's 2001 hit, Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 6, 2004
Compelling watching.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2004
It's a big wet kiss to the heroes and history of an ancient water sport.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 5, 2004
As he did with skateboarding in Dogtown and Z-Boys, documentarian Stacy Peralta explores the culture, not just the activity, arguing that surfing is as much a lifestyle as it a sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2004
An aficionada of the saltwater documentary, I am thrilled to report that Riding Giants, Stacy Peralta's exhilarating account of the revolution and evolution in big-wave surfing, is among the best of this breathtaking genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2004
Awe-inspiring documentary about the history of big-wave surfing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2004
Giants offers a thrilling, informative history of a sport-subculture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2004
An entertaining if audience-specific look at the history of surfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2004
A top-notch surfing documentary.
July 16, 2004
An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
July 15, 2004
Catching the perfect wave may not be something most of us will ever do, but it's comforting to know that somebody is out there catching it for us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2004
[T]his film ranks right up there with last year's Step Into Liquid as a top surf doc.
July 9, 2004
Even those who've never waxed a board will be engaged and amazed.
July 9, 2004
This is vicarious daredevilry at its best.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2004
Magnificent if overlong.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 8, 2004
The waves get progressively higher in Stacy Peralta's overlong but entertaining historical surfing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2004
Peralta shows himself to be something of a big-wave challenger here by breathing in bigger gulps of geography, history and culture.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2004
It's at Maverick's that Giants delivers the immediate excitement of big-wave riding and connects the viewer personally with the close-knit, daredevil Maverick's crew, most of whom are still active.
July 7, 2004
Offers a highly engaging immersion into a culture of larger-than-life characters driven by their thrill-seeking instincts.
July 7, 2004
It may take willpower not to run directly from the theater down to the nearest shoreline, just for a whiff of whatever saltwater magic sauce the big-wave stars featured in Peralta's vibrant docu are on.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 6, 2004
Peralta has become a more relaxed filmmaker, and when he trusts the haunting sight of a giant wave breaking to speak for itself, the movie reaches the sublime heights of its subject.
March 16, 2004
Seems intent on selling the sport rather than examining why people are willing to risk their necks to challenge nature at her most volatile.