Surfwise Synopsis
Filmmaker Doug Pray examines the life of surfer Dorian Paskowitz and his large family.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Doug Pray's cool documentary about 85-year-old Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their eight sons and one daughter is about surfing...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Pray has a great story here, but it's much more than just "The Brady Bunch's Endless Summer."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As you watch Doc Paskowitz perform for Mr. Pray's camera, it's hard not to judge him harshly. His narcissism seems boundless, even when he...
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Chicago Tribune

The film is a restrained, straightforward report about an iconoclastic family whose pain and dysfunction play out against a backdrop of...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Chalk up another family for Leo Tolstoy and Philip Larkin file: The Paskowitz family is unhappy in its own unique way and mum and dad...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Presents an almost fawning portrait of the doctor-turned-surfer.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What are we to make of this existence? Doc sees himself a messiah of surfing, clean living and healthy exercise. We might be more inclined...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie feels exhaustive in its loaded 90-something minutes, showing and telling us much while leaving the meaning of the tangles and...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
While the archival footage is fun, it's ultimately those bittersweet recollections of his equally energetic wife and adult children that...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Pray unfolds the family's story with patience and skill, making it both a compliment and a complaint to say that he leaves us wanting to...
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Rated R | For Language and Some Sexual Material