• Released
  • October 26, 2012
  • PG , 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
  • 440 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A surfer sets out to ride the Northern California break known as Mavericks.

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Chasing Mavericks is made with more care and intelligence than many another film starting with its template might have been. It's better...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Chasing Mavericks manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with admittedly affecting results.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The reason to see Chasing Mavericks is the same reason why people flock to shore locations when a hurricane approaches: the waves. This is...
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
If your inner amphibian craves a wave, you have the right kind of brain to appreciate the elemental story and scenic backdrops. But...
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50

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
There's lots of extraneous plotting -- which, however fact based, is handled in such a pre-fab manner that it feels phony.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
So at the very least, audiences will come away from Chasing Mavericks with a deeper understanding of surfing and an appreciation for...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Come for the surfing. Stay for the sainthood.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

In attempting to honor their subject, the filmmakers also sap the life out of a potentially thrilling story.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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...
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Rated PG | For Thematic elements and some perilous action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Trite but inspiring teen surf story has some sad moments.
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