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Based on 27 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 11 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    So at the very least, audiences will come away from Chasing Mavericks with a deeper understanding of surfing and an appreciation for surfers. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Ultimately the story of Jay Moriarity, who died tragically in a diving accident at 22, is a moving one, and he deserved a better tribute than this film. show more

  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    As it turns out, the only truly interesting element about this clichéd surfer flick is that it was made by celebrated directors Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson. show more

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    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Chasing Mavericks manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with admittedly affecting results. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Chasing Mavericks is made with more care and intelligence than many another film starting with its template might have been. It's better than most movies targeted at teens. And the cinematography of the big Mavericks scene by Oliver Euclid and Bill Pope is so frightening that you sort of understand why Frosty stays on the shore, watching Jay with binoculars. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The reason to see Chasing Mavericks is the same reason why people flock to shore locations when a hurricane approaches: the waves. This is less effective as a bio-pic of Jay Moriarty than it is as a big screen National Geographic Special. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    If your inner amphibian craves a wave, you have the right kind of brain to appreciate the elemental story and scenic backdrops. But advanced mammals might smell something fishy. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The surfing sequences are some of the best I've ever seen in a film, and the re-creation of Jay's climactic battle to ride El Nino-driven waves is real white-knuckle stuff...But neither Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") nor the fellow veteran director who replaced him when Hanson took ill, Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist"), can do much with the hokey sequences on land. show more

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    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    There's lots of extraneous plotting -- which, however fact based, is handled in such a pre-fab manner that it feels phony. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Come for the surfing. Stay for the sainthood. show more

  • April 27, 2013 keleighbyrd73
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    I watched this movie 3 times in a weeks time and CAN NOT explain or pinpoint exactly what this movie has done to me. All I can say is NOT ONE day has gone by since I watched it that it has not crossed my mind. I think about Jay, Kim, Frosty & Brenda EVERYDAY!!! I recommend this movie 100%. It is a MUST see!

  • November 15, 2012 ne00000000131852
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    love this movie so amazing and the actors are inspiring! LOVE JONNY WESTON OMG HES GORGEOUS AND TALENTED! go see!

  • November 05, 2012 COWBOY8490
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  • November 03, 2012 Debbie
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    The Surfing was the movie. The family dealing with past pain, true friendship issures, having a tather menor touched me deeply. Loved it and highly recommend this movie if you want one with substance and reality

  • October 30, 2012 sgdttime
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    Highly recommended. Knew it would be a good surfing movie, but it was also a wonderful story. Some great surf shots. Glad we saw it on the BIG screen.

  • October 29, 2012 gs6336
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  • October 28, 2012 lauriesconsult
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    Worth every penny. I thought it was a great movie, heart warming and a good family film to encourage great conversations about real life.

  • October 28, 2012 Jerry
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    Great movie!!!!!!

  • October 28, 2012 fs00000000131109
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    I enjoyed watching this movie.

  • October 27, 2012 df00000000130712
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    The movie was not only about riding the huge swells of the California coast but about life\'s ups and downs.. Relationships and having a mentor .. The cinematopghy was sweeping.. Capturing the magnitude of the waves.. The cast was great with Gerard Butler playing Frosty

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