"...The director, John Stockwell, communicates the thrill and peril of the support with sufficient clarity and intensity.... David Hennings's shimmery photography carries the breeze and spray of the island right into the theater..."
New York Times
"...[The film] gives you a feel for what it's like to enveloped inside a wave..."
"...Engaging....[The film] carries a charge of genuine excitement....[The] interweaving of digital effects, rapid-fire downshifts to slow motion and back, and whooshing, crashing, in-your-ears sound creates a foam-peak of exhilaration laced with anxiety..."
"...Bosworth is a star in the making....[The surf footage] is flat-out spectacular..."
"...It cuts to the core of what it actually means to face your fears and to ride the big metaphorical wave that is life....The energy is palpable..."
"...[Bosworth] projects radiance, delicacy, uncertainty and inner strength....There's an undeniable sexiness to both the cast and the surf..."
"...[With] an endearing unpretentious tone..."
"...Kate Bosworth's central performance combines conventional 'movie-star' looks, athletic prowess and a winning sense of determination..."
Sight and Sound