Surf's Up

2007

Surf's Up

Critics Consensus

Surf's Up is a laid back, visually stunning animated movie that brings a fresh twist to some familiar conventions. Its witty mockumentary format is fun and inventive, and the CGI is breathtakingly realistic.

79%

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Reviews Counted: 147

70%
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Reviews Count: 0
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Rotten: 0

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70%
Average Rating: 3.4/5

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A "mockumentary" on how penguins were actually the inventors of surfing, including behind-the-scenes footage from the Penguin World Surfing Championship.

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Critic Reviews for Surf's Up

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  • Not a comedy tsunami, just consistent ripples of laughs and good vibes.

    Sep 9, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • It's fun for a while, but the script doesn't have the structure to sustain 85 minutes.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Cranked out to an hour and a half, it had me flapping my arms in irritation.

    Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • It's probably not the kind of animated adventure that's going to garner Oscar talk, but it's a good-hearted, old-fashioned, family-friendly tale.

    Jun 18, 2007
  • If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.

    Jun 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Not exactly awash in cleverness, but it is good clean fun for the family.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Surf's Up

½

A light and clever animated tale that's main riff is jazzing stereotypical character cliches a little. Qiick and bountiful one-liners keep attention from flagging even when the story itself is ho-hum.See if you think if Jeff Bridges is merely rehashing his The Dude character.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I like the ending The one with passion win the competition The main character doesn't need to win but he defeat the enemy and got the answer.

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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½

Cute mockumentary following a young penguin and his hero.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

What you may disregard as another computer animated film about penguins is quite a pleasant surprise and blows Happy Feet out of the water, literally. What makes it so original and fun is that it doesn't even pretend to be about animals but takes the shape of documentary about the biggest surf tournament of the year and its players, with all that includes: interviews, old footage, background stories and so on. It also helps that the animation is beautiful and impressive, water never looked better. The characters are lovable and fun, there are plenty of jokes, both slapstick and more subtle humor, it's just an all around fun film for all ages and actually one of the animated highlights of recent years for its different approach.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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