Chasing Mavericks - Surfing, Gerard Butler?
Chasing Mavericks - Surfing, i that Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler)? © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox

We covered Chasing Mavericks earlier this week interviewing Gerard Butler and had to specially ask for a picture of surfing. This seems to be the only part of the film that the reviewers really liked…

New York Times Chasing Mavericks review

When he isn’t surfing, the fictionalized Jay tends to drag the story down, whether he’s smiling moonily at Frosty, the ocean or one of the women in his life. He nearly sinks a story that the real Jay Moriarity surfed into legend.

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[Rating: 3 star] From our reading of the review

Los Angeles Times Chasing Mavericks review

The killer waves in “Chasing Mavericks” are the thing to watch, the only thing to watch. They are angry waves, monsters — with lots of attitude and undertow. If only the rest of the film had followed in their wake. The story, and even the surfing, just don’t hold water against their crushing presence or fierce beauty.

[Rating: 2 star] From our reading of the review

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San Francisco Chronicle Chasing Mavericks review

At the very least, audiences will come away from “Chasing Mavericks” with a deeper understanding of surfing and an appreciation for surfers. Love has a way of demanding respect, and the more irrational and dangerous the love is, the more interesting. Yet for all that… “Chasing Mavericks” moves as fast as a runner in waist-high water and wears out its welcome.

[Rating: 2.5 star] From our reading of the review

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The Washington Post Chasing Mavericks review

“Chasing Mavericks” builds, perhaps not exactly like the majestic, 40-foot walls of water that are its subject, but with a satisfying enough — and even somewhat unexpected — crash. Like any wave, it will carry you away, as long as you don’t try to fight it.

[Rating: 2.5 star]

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Entertainment Weekly Chasing Mavericks review

In attempting to honor their subject, the filmmakers also sap the life out of a potentially thrilling story

[Rating: 2.5 star]

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Colin Davies

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