Soul Surfer
Soul Surfer (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's an amazing true story at the heart of Soul Surfer -- and unfortunately, it's drowned by waves of Hollywood cheese.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A succession of would-be rousing clichés.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A solid and inspiring story about faith and family.

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Christine Champ

Soul Surfer seems simply too sugar-coated to be true.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

It's Bethany and Alana's friendship - its sturdiness and vulnerability, its laughs and sincere apologies - that rules the day.

Will Leitch

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You wonder why this movie isn't a documentary, rather than a synthetic feature film with the heroine's arm digitally removed.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A by-the-numbers biopic about young surfer Bethany Hamilton.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Albert Kim
I like how the RottenTomatoes consensus put it: "There's an amazing true story at the heart of Soul Surfer -- and unfortunately, it's drowned by… More
KJ Proulx
Although I may be a sucker for heartfelt true stories, this film truly represents the courage and inspiration that Bethany Hamilton had not only on her peers,… More
Japes .
Way too shallow. The true story it's trying to tell is inspiring and exciting, but the story in the movie wasn't. The shark attack could've… More
Cynthia S.
Entertaining dramatization of the inspirational true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. She was attacked by a shark while surfing, and lost her left arm,… More
Dean McKenna
What an incredible true story of Hawaiian female champion surfer, Brittany Hamilton (Anna SophiaRobb) has the perfect-est life with the perfect-est family… More
Jim Careter
I enjoyed Soul Surfer, but it suffered the main problem almost every inspirational movie based on a true story has, and that problem is Hollywood. The story is… More