91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Traces the sport to its Polynesian beginnings, then zooms in on the genesis of 20th- century Southern California surf culture -- the boards, the bikinis, the laid-back cowabunga.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Every sport, and every sports film, must have its superman. The role is filled here by Laird Hamilton, who, we are told -- and, more astonishingly, shown -- took "the single most significant ride in surfing history." Seeing is believing.
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88

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Magnificent if overlong and oddly structured surfing documentary.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
The risks these guys take seem outlandish, their accomplishments otherworldly.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no surfer has gone before.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Riding Giants is about altogether another reality. The overarching fact about these surfers is the degree of their obsession.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Giants has SO many insistent high points, in fact, that its breathlessness threatens to turn monotonous.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Offers a thrilling, informative history of a sport-subculture.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A breathtaking visual history of big wave surfing. This is vicarious daredevilry at its best.
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75

Chicago Tribune

It's the tales from Noll and his mates, now older and chubbier, that give heart to what otherwise could have faded into PBS special-land.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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