Soul Surfer 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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Miami Herald

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

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

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

By Claudia Puig
The inspiring story of surfer and shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton deserves a better dramatization.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Dennis Quaid lends some needed saltiness as Hamilton's supportive dad.
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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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Very Uplifting And A Must See!!

By jonahtrainer
I saw one of the first advance screenings of this movie because a friend of mine has taken a great risk financing it because he believes this is a story that needs to be told. I agree. With all the...

A Excellent Inspirational Movie with a lot of heart.

By am64315
I recently got the opputunity to see this film at an advance screening in Baltimore and loved it. This is a very inspirational film with a strong themed message. This not the sort of movie that one...

Refresh Your Life's Perspective, A Must See Movie!

By bea4tas
This Movie is about Determination, refreshing your perspective in life, and how to survive life's challenges. It was such a great family movie, it touched me, I cried a little, but gave me an...

Must see for all families

By negrablack7664
This was such an amazing movie and a must see for all families. You see how your faith, determination and hard work will take you!...

see this movie

By kne3483
I loved that movie!...

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By sole63
OMG, i loved this movie the girl is soooo inspiring. i loved the way she never gave up and kept going for what she really wanted. the movie was great. i tended to cry a little bit but the end was...


By diet pepsi
well i for one held off on seeing this movie in the theaters due to the fact that i hate most documenterys but no one could have prepaired me for what i was in for when i actualy watched this movie i...

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By hummingdeer
Seeing Soul Surfer is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring experience The many dazzling surfing scenes and gorgeous Hawaiian scenery with such excellent cinematography make the movie worth seeing...

Loved it!

By Sa5rah
Soul Surfer is a very good movie! It has a great message also! The story of Bethany Hamilton is very encouraging and inspiring. Her determination and dedication to the things she loves, is really...

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Rated PG | For some thematic material and an intense accident sequence
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