Big Wednesday Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 9, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Milius constantly revisits the ocean's churning surf as a literal and metaphoric yardstick to underscore the movie's themes of personal responsibility, loyalty, and the pressures of unpredictable social change.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 14, 2011
Remains noteworthy as a cult film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
Ambitious in goal, John Millius' tale suffers from an inconsistent tone, trying to be elegiac, nostalgic, and mythical in depicting the impact of Vietnam and aging on a clique of three surfers between 1962 and 1974 but the acting and imagery are good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Imparts quintessential elements of the male psyche more persuasively than Milius' other gung-ho action pictures
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 5, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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