Chasing Mavericks 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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The Hollywood Reporter

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

By Wesley Morris
Come for the surfing. Stay for the sainthood.
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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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Entertainment Weekly

In attempting to honor their subject, the filmmakers also sap the life out of a potentially thrilling story.
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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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Thoroughly Entertaining, Warm and Inspiring.

By Alon Patterson
This is an example of one of those rare occasions when everything comes together just right in a film, producing one really good show. It's a success formula corporate Hollywood spends hundreds of...

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By rachel83
Great movie to see. Jay went out to do what he wanting to do is surf the big wave. All the actors did a great job. the movie is for all ages....

Awesome surfing footage - Terrific Performances!

By hobbes3
Set in the world of big wave surfing with some of the most incredible footage of the sport ever filmed, Chasing Mavericks is really a movie about relationships. Father/son certainly, but also how...

Awesome movie!

By lbwoods
This is a must see movie! Incredible cinematography! A true, touching story about a man, Frosty Hesson, (Gerard Butler) and a teenager, Jay Moriarity, (Jonny Weston) who connect way more than on a...

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By Cindy_Pindy
While Frosty and his friends were not REALLY the 1st 4 to find Mavericks (it used to be called Ross's cove in the 70's) they were certainly the more well known of the 1st generation of surfers. I'm...

One Great Ride!

By Reel_Deal_Gal
While I must admit first off, I am somewhat biased, as I love Santa Cruz, having lived in the area for many years. The scenery is spectacular, and this movie, while bordering, but not entering the...

Great movie

By inrio
Big surprise, not a blockbuster movie but a well made action drama. A true inspiring story with great water cinematography. Must go movie for 10 and over kids anf adults. Surfs up....

Very Inspirational

By Lfishburne
First to the Critics: What's up with your reviews? Is there a problem with a film having no blood and gore and being inspirational instead of hateful? Second to those who haven't yet seen it: I...

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By Mary D. Walton
My son and I loved this true story. He is 13 and his dad is a surfer. It reminded him of our home in California. The story was well told and acted. It was inspiring....

NoCAL vs SoCal

By bcarmic
As a lifelong surfer, I LOVED this film. What was great about it was the fact that both leads WERE surfers, unless head replacement are that much improved in Hollywood. I LOVED this film because it...

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Rated PG | For Thematic elements and some perilous action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Trite but inspiring teen surf story has some sad moments.
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