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Soul Surfer Reviews

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June 30, 2013
A solid and inspiring story about faith and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2012
All that separates this from made-for-TV territory is another strong turn from gifted young lead AnnaSophia Robb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2011
Essential viewing for any injured armed forces veteran or contender for next year's Paralympics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2011
Clearly Bethany was quite a girl but this film prompts one simply to say "Amen".
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2011
It's clear that Quaid learned nothing from Jaws 3.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2011
A surf film employing massive amounts of CG is incredible for all the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 22, 2011
In the end, the platitudes take over completely, but the inspirational story is still worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2011
Unless you like your inspiration in heavy-handed doses, you might be better off watching the real thing - on YouTube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 21, 2011
A succession of would-be rousing clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2011
An amazing true story for sure, but this earnest dramatisation is so wholesome, it feels like being stuck in a never-ending Activia advert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 9, 2011
Inspiring true story wipes out on underdog clichés and waves of melodramatic Hollywood cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 4, 2011
Faith-based...With its sports-movie structure and Hollywood production values, Soul Surfer is a creditable crossover picture; it just could've done with more nuance. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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