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Based on 27 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 91 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The script is weak, but everyone on the technical side of "Soul Surfer" is a pro. The scenes in the water flow together nicely, and the action is always coherent. Robb's scenes without an arm look seamless throughout the movie. show more

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    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The inspiring story of surfer and shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton deserves a better dramatization. show more

  • 38
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    The aquatic and surf scenes are spectacular. The story, a clichéed climb to inspiration. Soul Surfer is more parable than plot. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dennis Quaid lends some needed saltiness as Hamilton's supportive dad. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A true story of courage, determination and guts that deserves a more exciting approach. show more

  • 70
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Thus ends one of the most understated shark-attack sequences, ever; it's almost Bressonian, except it's not boring. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    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. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    It's a good, solid family film. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I feel something is missing. There had to be dark nights of the soul. Times of grief and rage. The temptation of nihilism. The lure of despair. Can a 13-year-old girl lose an arm and keep right on smiling? show more

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    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The best moments come when Robb's all-purpose toughness experiences vulnerable doubt. These moments are flickers, but they're bright and human. show more

  • September 25, 2012 Eddie
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    AWESOME movie. It gives hope and encouragement not only to someone handicapped, but also to someone looking for a step up in hope

  • November 06, 2011 dolfina157
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  • September 23, 2011 cy00000000102345
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    Belongs on the Lifetime Movie Network.

  • August 28, 2011 singalto2u
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    I absolutely loved the movie!!! Very well done and what a story to share. Going thru difficult times in life can be very difficult but with the Lord showing you the way it is much easier. Great Christian movie! Would like to see more movies like this!

  • August 28, 2011 Joestriax
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    Uplifting, if you're kids are squeemish, cover their eyes

  • August 26, 2011 redhugill Shirle
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    it was awsome movie i cryed

  • August 20, 2011 ohioyounkins
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    what an AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):) movie

  • August 19, 2011 Dick
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    Fantastic story of courage and faith. Thankyou Hollywood for giving us this film,

  • August 16, 2011 yx00000000098550
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    cute movie. Worth watching once

  • August 11, 2011 chenry9093
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    This was truly an amazingly inspirational movie. Loved it

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