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Step Into Liquid Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Loren King

    As a bonus, "Liquid" also includes eye-popping footage of the top surfers in the world (Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama) -- wave riders who make the impossible look easy.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Not only set the high standards for surfing documentaries but brought the sport much greater respect and interest from around the globe.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Even from the safety of a movie seat, you can just about feel the stinging hardness of the surf. Blue crush? This is more like white smash.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

All about the sights, which are glorious.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has no violence, nudity, or sexual references, but there is some risky behavior and a few mild bad words.

  • Families can talk about the way that a common passion unites all of the very different people in the movie. What do you think about the idea that the best surfer in the world is the one who is having the most fun? Is there another sport (or any other activity) where attitude and a sense of humor is considered more important than talent and achievement?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: We see surfers of all colors, ages, and abilities.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Risky surfing. We see a disabled survivor of surfing accident.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: A few words of profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue