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Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Vividly captures the joy of sailing.
  2. An OK sports doc that owes as much to reality TV competitions as it does to the genre of nautical cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The documentary is enjoyable, though it could have been edited more tightly. The ending, in which three of the contest participants write and perform a catchy pop song, is buoyantly fun.
  4. 63
    A fluffy piece of Disney nonfiction.
  5. An old-fashioned doc about a sailboat race is well produced but lacks urgency and true insight
  6. A Disney movie about a Disney project, this slick sailing documentary feels a little too self-promotional, almost like an attraction you might stumble into at Epcot. But at least it turns out to be a fairly wild ride.
  7. Like the disastrously overpopulated "Amazing Race: Family Edition," Morning Light never finds a way to make us care who wins.
  8. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    50
    The film is more appealing for its scenery, which is as breathtakingly blue as you'd expect, than for its drama.
  9. Has a made-for-television style.
  10. At one point during the big race, the kids get passed at close range by a team of pros so seasoned, they wrote the navigation software the kids use. I was begging the camera crew to follow them.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    50
    Two unnerving phenomena--the popularity of reality-TV competitions and the Walt Disney Company's ability to churn out entertainment starring the most squeaky-clean humans on earth--come together in Morning Light, a nightmarishly upbeat documentary.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    The film feels more like the ultimate scrapbook for the participants than the vicarious thrill the pair no doubt imagined for audiences.
  13. Morning Light, sailor's delight. All others be forewarned.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    30
    If the makers were hoping they'd chronicled a metaphor for life's struggle, they probably weren't counting on the struggle being monotony.

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