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Soul Surfer Reviews

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April 8, 2011
For plenty of family viewers, this film will catch a wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2011
Surprisingly I came out of Soul Surfer without that sticky sweet feeling you get from too much schmaltz and only a strong desire to see AnnaSophia Robb in more moves and Carrie Underwood in far fewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.85/10
April 8, 2011
There are good stories and there are good movies. Soul Surfer is a good story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2011
Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2011
Although the question of why God allows bad things to happen is sometimes handled clumsily, it is approached sincerely, and it clearly points to the difference faith can make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
Should be especially engrossing to young girls eager for purposeful role models and be especially appealing to parents seeking wholesome but not inane entertainment for their daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
Robb delivers an intensity and ferocity that would make Kobe Bryant quake in his sneakers, which makes up for a simple story and film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2011
The film is not perfect - the narration is unnecessary, the surfing special effects look cheap and Carrie Underwood is unsteady in her cameo - but it's moving, anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
Its presumed audience would be surfing enthusiasts, teenage girls, and religious conservatives - particularly Christians - who wish to see a movie reflecting their values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 8, 2011
It's a compelling tale of surf and survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2011
Does nearly everything you expect it to, but it does it more likably and satisfyingly than you might think it would.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 7, 2011
Its bubbling optimism and spectacular scenery are hard not to like.
April 7, 2011
...incredibly satisfying (and surprisingly suspenseful)...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2011
Whether or not the theatrical arena was the appropriate medium with which to tell Bethany Hamilton's story is up for debate, but it is nonetheless one that deserved to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2011
Sports fine performances from AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 7, 2011
As a portrait of a spirited, resilient athlete, the movie succeeds best, unafraid to face its heroine's daunting challenges directly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2011
Soul Surfer is the kind of sturdy, satisfying family drama that doesn't get made very often anymore. But even beyond that, at crucial moments it shows there's actually a brain behind the camera.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
April 7, 2011
like its main character, it really comes alive when it catches the waves.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 7, 2011
A solid inspirational story that takes seriously a couple of things often made trivial in popular entertainment: surfing and religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2011
That "Soul Surfer" rates as a giant leap for this team speaks well about the conviction the movie's actors bring to the material as well as the respect afforded the Hamilton family and their faith.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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