Morning Light
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A group of 15 young sailors prepares to compete in the most revered open-ocean sailing competition in the country, and the director and editor of the 2006 surfing documentary Riding Giants keep their focus on the water in order to capture the adventure of a lifetime. Racing in the Transpac is no easy feat; after enduring six months of grueling training, the daring young crew of the Morning Light will engage in a 2,300-mile endurance against the most experienced sailors in the country. In the process of becoming a world-class team, however, this group will form a bond incapable of being broken… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Morning Light is a sunny, saltwater-splashed tale of inspiration."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"If you don't speak the jargon of sailing and racing, most of the conversations between teammates mean very little. Impenetrable editing reduces the action to a meaningless blur."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"(T)his may be one of those achievements in human endurance that doesn't elicit cheers, but sneers. It's just too picture perfected to be powerful."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Morning Light fails as film or TV. It's essentially a vanity project for sailing enthusiast Roy E. Disney."
‑ David Frese, Kansas City Star
"The film may interest sailing enthusiasts. For the rest of us, Morning Light is a yawn."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The documentary is enjoyable, though it could have been edited more tightly."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The aristo-brats are required to jump into a swimming pool and tread water for five minutes with their shoes on. Horrible! Still, one of them nearly drowns, proving that he shouldn't be allowed near a body of water larger than a bottle of Poland Spring."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A vanity project...[but also] a sincere love letter to sailing, as seen through the eyes of a handful of very lucky youngsters. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This flat, uninspired sailing documentary from the Walt Disney studios has surprisingly little to say."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"It's just so Disney. It could make you very cross."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"For those who love sailing, Morning Light will confirm their passion and please them right down to their Top-Sider encased toes. For the rest of us, this sailors' tale just smacks of naval gazing."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"These eager young amateurs have the kind of passion nobody could fake."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Any time...personal history is touched upon, it is quickly shoved under the carpet in favor of yet another sailing montage, complete with compulsory sunset."
‑ Rhiannon Sawyer, FILMINK (Australia)
"All good intentions aside, Morning Light is nothing more than a glorified television documentary."
‑ Marco Cerritos, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's extremely good at communicating the joy of sailing, of putting its finger on the unique aesthetic appeal it offers its addicts and of making us believe that it is a precious gift that will enhance the future of these young people."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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