Soul Surfer Reviews

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August 19, 2019
The problem with a story like this is that the real drama lies in the first act, courtesy of the shark. After that, it's an uphill slog to a resolution that holds no surprises...
May 4, 2019
If you can get over the technical flaws there is a lot to like.
December 1, 2018
Soul Surfer's family-friendly lesson in perseverance is marred by an inability to connect with the audience or subject matter on either an emotional or intellectual level.
August 24, 2018
Soul Surfer is a heavy-handed plea for sympathy that doesn't do the real-life story justice.
August 8, 2018
From the production values to the savvy delivery of its Christian message, Soul Surfer is a champ.
June 30, 2013
A solid and inspiring story about faith and family.
June 23, 2013
A well-intentioned, big-hearted, wannabe-crowd-pleaser that just happens to be so incompetently made that it might be rejected by Oprah's channel.
January 9, 2013
The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach.
April 8, 2012
All that separates this from made-for-TV territory is another strong turn from gifted young lead AnnaSophia Robb.
September 25, 2011
A well-meaning, handsomely staged biopic of the top Hawaii-based surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark in 2003 at the age of 13...
September 24, 2011
It's ultimately let down by some heavy-handed sentimentality, an over-abundance of Bible-bashing and some dodgy CGI sequences.
September 23, 2011
Essential viewing for any injured armed forces veteran or contender for next year's Paralympics.
September 23, 2011
Sure, the film has its mawkish moments, but it's a remarkable, well-intentioned tale that deserves to ride its wave rather than to wipe out on it.
September 23, 2011
The film is sincere and even a little sanctimonious in the way it depicts Hamilton's family, strong Christian values and work with post-tsunami orphans in Phuket.
September 23, 2011
Clearly Bethany was quite a girl but this film prompts one simply to say "Amen".
September 23, 2011
With a tale this strong, what could go wrong? Pretty much everything, as it turns out, with the story buffeted into oblivion by a tidal wave of syrup.
September 22, 2011
The film that follows is thin and frothy, though watch out for that final sentimental upsurge. It could drag and lift you against your will.
September 22, 2011
It's clear that Quaid learned nothing from Jaws 3.
September 22, 2011
A surf film employing massive amounts of CG is incredible for all the wrong reasons.
September 22, 2011
In the end, the platitudes take over completely, but the inspirational story is still worth telling.
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