Chasing Mavericks
Chasing Mavericks (2012)

Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 26, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's sweet, gentle, and affably modest, but Chasing Mavericks is ultimately pulled under by an unconvincing script and a puzzling lack of energy.

Casey Burchby
Village Voice

Floating atop the explosive breakers, like an overabundance of phytoplankton, is a roiling colony of clichés that stops at nothing to dominate the screenplay.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The heart-pounding surfing scenes are epic but the script can barely keep its head above the waves in the dramatized biopic Chasing Mavericks.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This gentle father-son(ish) tale about an expert surfer and his teen apprentice is a rare 'family' movie that isn't preachy or insipid.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's a perfect fortune cookie of a movie, full of bland life lessons for everybody; would that there were some drama or style in it somewhere along the way.

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

When every frayed plot device you've predicted makes its inevitable appearance, at least you'll have the majestic waves off the California coastline to comfort you.

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Ed Whitfield
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James Berardinelli

For Hanson and Apted, this is a rather inconsequential effort.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Never really [delivers] the sun-in-your-face, salt-in-your-hair, sandy-cocky thrill of surfing or surf culture.

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Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)

While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A fun movie about a real-life teenager who overcame everything in his path to achieve his dream of being a surfer. Very inspiring movie about finding your path… More
Everett Johnson
"Chasing Mavericks" is the true story of surfing prodigy Jay Moriarity(Jonny Weston). It focuses on his relationship with Frosty(Gerard Burler) who… More
KJ Proulx
Depressing, boring, and far too small for what it is, "Chasing Mavericks" does not try hard enough casting or in it's dialogue. The lead star… More
Alex roy
Chasing Mavericks is one of those films that had the potential of being a truly unique and memorable viewing experience. However right off the bat you can tell… More
Manu Gino
Legends Start Somewhere. Great Film! If you want to watch a movie with a fresh point of view on the world and enjoy every minute of it, I highly recommend… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Frosty: That wave is a myth and the four of us who surf it intend to keep it that way. Chasing Mavericks is the kind of film that clearly has its heart in the… More