Surf's Up Reviews

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Top Critic
November 18, 2011
Top Critic
September 9, 2008
Not a comedy tsunami, just consistent ripples of laughs and good vibes.
September 21, 2007
It's fun for a while, but the script doesn't have the structure to sustain 85 minutes.
August 10, 2007
I commend Ash Brannon and Chris Buck's animated film, especially to those who have not yet reached the age of 10.
August 10, 2007
Cranked out to an hour and a half, it had me flapping my arms in irritation.
August 10, 2007
Yet another preposterous penguin animation.
August 7, 2007
It still offers 85 minutes of spirited, satirical amusement.
June 18, 2007
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.
June 9, 2007
If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.
June 8, 2007
Not exactly awash in cleverness, but it is good clean fun for the family.
June 8, 2007
Surf's Up is quite surprisingly good, going for the subtle chuckle where Happy Feet opted for show-stopping spectacle.
June 8, 2007
Surf's Up is actually a pretty funny and sophisticated comedy. It's relentlessly playful and imaginative in the vein of "Toy Story," while keenly observant about comic nuances of behavior and bubbling over with neurotic dialogue.
June 8, 2007
The movie has just as much in common with This Is Spinal Tap or even Dogtown and Z-Boys as the cutesy and formulaic films that typically get churned out this time of year.
June 8, 2007
Surf's Up! has a jokey-serious tone that engages both children and adults.
June 8, 2007
The first delightful surprise among the summer blockbusters. Beautifully animated, terrifically acted and edited in a way that hilariously mimics those Endless Summer surf documentaries, it will amuse kids and flat-out tickle adults.
June 8, 2007
The jaunty sports story contains colorful characters, witty wisecracks and kinetic surf scenes. It's refreshing to see an animated family film that doesn't look like it was made on autopilot.
June 8, 2007
Maybe the next penguin flick will do more justice to the subject. How about going all grindhouse in Lesbian Vampire Penguins of the SS?
June 8, 2007
Many of the riffs in the mock documentary might be lost on little tykes, but the film's feel-good message of perseverance, friendship and finding your own wave should be enjoyed by all.
June 8, 2007
The film's tubular visuals and sun-struck philosophizing celebrate the sport while spoofing its disciples, mixing B-grade potty humor and totally-like-fried-chicken gags with faux interviews a la Christopher Guest.
June 8, 2007
Surf's Up is that rarity in a children's movie, a comedy that's actually exciting. Watching the penguins ride inside the tube of a wave, or plunge under the surface, you may find yourself wanting to cheer.
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