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80
The New York Times
Like his father, Mr. Brown has the magical ability to take his public on a two-hour vacation. It's the next best thing to being there, and you don't need to worry about sand in your beer.
80
L.A. Weekly
The movie's tag line, which promises (among other things) “No stereotypes,” is one of those rare cases of truth in advertising. That Brown also happens to have captured some genuinely awesome surf footage -- often the only raison d’être for such films -- feels like a bonus.
80
Ravishing, often entrancing paean to a pastime that has hooked more than its share of hard-core addicts.
75
New York Post
As transporting as its otherworldly title suggests.
75
Miami Herald
Provides a few of the best thrills so far this summer.
70
Brown has expertly captured the exhilarating and terrifying experience of watching surfers attack waves so preposterously large and ridiculously beautiful they defy description.
63
Serves up enough action and passion to stay afloat, but at the end of the day it's just not the perfect ride those earlier films were.
63
Part of the appeal is the underlying theme of the torch being passed between generations. Think how disappointing it would have been had Dana become an insurance actuary instead of a surfing filmmaker.
63
New York Daily News
What has changed most dramatically over the years is the camera's ability to shoot as if it were stationed on the wall of those rolling pipelines. For some, this is the next best thing to being there.
60
Village Voice
Like many late-franchise attempts, it stretches its material thin and grasps at novelty, overstaying its welcome despite a handful of requisite dude-that-is-so-fucking-cool moments.

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