• Released
  • April 8, 2011
  • PG , 1 hr 45 min
  • Documentary
    Drama
  • 1,406 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) loses an arm in a shark attack.

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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and...
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It's a good, solid family film.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Soul Surfer, while formulaic in design, is an authentic and heartfelt movie.
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70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Thus ends one of the most understated shark-attack sequences, ever; it's almost Bressonian, except it's not boring.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The best moments come when Robb's all-purpose toughness experiences vulnerable doubt. These moments are flickers, but they're bright and...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A true story of courage, determination and guts that deserves a more exciting approach.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The inspiring story of surfer and shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton deserves a better dramatization.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Dennis Quaid lends some needed saltiness as Hamilton's supportive dad.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The aquatic and surf scenes are spectacular. The story, a clichéed climb to inspiration. Soul Surfer is more parable than plot.
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Rated PG | For some thematic material and an intense accident sequence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite cliches.
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