(2007)

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Metascore

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83
An animated family movie about penguins -- in the wake of "March of the Happy Feet," they're the Angelina Jolie of animals, both cute and admired everywhere. Plus, it's about surfing.
75
The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.
75
Not only are LaBeouf and Bridges terrific, but Jon Heder is hilarious as surfing fowl Chicken Joe. And Zooey Deschanel is saucy fun as penguin lifeguard Lani.
75
The most colorful of the penguin 'toons to date, both figuratively and literally.
75
A cut above the noisy, pop-culture joke-larded norm, and it's much more than a "Happy Feet" knockoff.
75
If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.
75
Premiere
Up will still make you feel like you've caught a big wave.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Surf's Up is that rarity in a children's movie, a comedy that's actually exciting.
70
A clever, delightfully rendered summer diversion.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A cheerful and frequently amusing bit of nonsense, which certainly will provoke children into giggles. The film does not measure up to "March of the Penguins" or "Happy Feet," both Oscar-winning efforts. Nor is it trying to.
63
First they marched, then they tap-danced. Now they ride the waves on souped-up boards. It really doesn't matter what stunts they try to pull off: Who can resist an animated mockumentary in the style of "This Is Spinal Tap" starring the black-and-white big birds of the moment?
63
The voice performances are great, particularly those from LaBeouf and Bridges, who's in a "Big Lebowski" mood. But a moratorium on penguin movies may be in order.

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