Soul Surfer

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Soul Surfer
Soul Surfer
  • PG
  • 1h 46m
  • 2011
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SOUL SURFER is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten45%
Critics Consensus: There's an amazing true story at the heart of Soul Surfer -- and unfortunately, it's drowned by waves of Hollywood cheese.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

Clearly Bethany was quite a girl but this film prompts one simply to say "Amen".

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Xan Brooks
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The film that follows is thin and frothy, though watch out for that final sentimental upsurge. It...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Martyn Conterio
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A surf film employing massive amounts of CG is incredible for all the wrong reasons.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
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A succession of would-be rousing clichs.

June 22, 2017
Film.com
Christine Champ
Rotten

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

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite clichés.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this inspiring true story about a promising young surfer who was attacked by a shark could give tween and teen viewers lots to think about, from trying to figure out their purpose in life (even at a young age) to trying to come to terms with adversity. With the exception of the attack itself -- which, although quick, unfolds in a gory, violent manner -- the movie is squeaky-clean, with no iffy language, sex, or alcohol or drug content. And the main character is an extremely positive role model, responding to tragedy with grace and kindness instead of bitterness.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:April 8, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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