Soul Surfer
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Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A succession of would-be rousing clichés."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Hamilton is played, blandly, by Anna Sophia Robb, and her devoted parents, less bland, are played by Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. The surfing footage, much of it shot off the coast of Kauai, is not bland at all."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A solid and inspiring story about faith and family."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"All that separates this from made-for-TV territory is another strong turn from gifted young lead AnnaSophia Robb."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Essential viewing for any injured armed forces veteran or contender for next year's Paralympics."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Soul Surfer seems simply too sugar-coated to be true."
‑ Christine Champ,
"It's Bethany and Alana's friendship - its sturdiness and vulnerability, its laughs and sincere apologies - that rules the day."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A well-intentioned, big-hearted, wannabe-crowd-pleaser that just happens to be so incompetently made that it might be rejected by Oprah's channel."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A well-meaning, handsomely staged biopic of the top Hawaii-based surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark in 2003 at the age of 13..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Sure, the film has its mawkish moments, but it's a remarkable, well-intentioned tale that deserves to ride its wave rather than to wipe out on it."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"You wonder why this movie isn't a documentary, rather than a synthetic feature film with the heroine's arm digitally removed."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A by-the-numbers biopic about young surfer Bethany Hamilton."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's ultimately let down by some heavy-handed sentimentality, an over-abundance of Bible-bashing and some dodgy CGI sequences."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The film is sincere and even a little sanctimonious in the way it depicts Hamilton's family, strong Christian values and work with post-tsunami orphans in Phuket."
‑ Caroline Jowett, Daily Express
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