Waveriders (2009)

With this unusual, way-offbeat documentary, Joel Conroy offers an unique take on a familiar subject: the film examines the Irish origins of the west coast surfing culture. Conroy filters this history through the tragic life of George Freeth… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Although the action footage is impressive, it becomes repetitive, exposing the rest of the movie as something of a ragbag. Surfing fans may be more enthused.

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Kezia Clark
Little White Lies

It's an entertaining and thought-provoking take on a sport, and a lifestyle, whose identity and history is increasingly under threat from commercial interests.

James Christopher
Times (UK)

The sensational footage of surfers barrelling through 50ft waves provides most of the appeal. But Joel Conroy's documentary is full of scrapbook curios.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Slightly waffly paean to Irish surfing, rescued by the always awesome sight of waves as high as the screen, and consummately skilled, tanned blokes turning them into a canvas.

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Empire Magazine

Initially, Waveriders looks like surf porn, but quickly reveals itself to be the story of the sport's unlikely genesis.

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Peter Bradshaw

Some awe-inspiring big-wave action.

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Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

Strictly for wave fans.

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Richard Luck

The first essential surf movie since Riding Giants.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

It's a tall tale that suggests the teller has swallowed the Blarney Stone whole.

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Lesley N
Surprisingly tedious