Wah-Wah Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
After watching his directorial debut, Wah-Wah, I'd like [Richard] Grant to stay in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Emily Watson is delightful as the American step-mother, as is the rest of the ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Grant has crafted a handsome period piece that never betrays his first-timer status.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 6, 2006
While this is clearly a very personal film for Grant, and he seems to want to tackle some serious issues, his vision is too clouded by nostalgia to be truly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 30, 2006
Grant is an impressively assured filmmaker, especially for a first-timer.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
June 29, 2006
Only occasionally successful . . .
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 24, 2006
Wah-Wah is never less than good but it's also never quite great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 23, 2006
Full of too much blah, blah. And way too much of the shrill, shrieking, screaming, carrying-on variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 23, 2006
The lush African setting sets this coming-of-age saga apart - it's too bad Grant didn't use it for more than picture-postcard backdrops.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 16, 2006
Ralph's life, at least as it's presented here, isn't all that interesting, and Grant fails to elevate the ordinary into anything more than that.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2006
I admired the movie and was happy to see it but can think of two other films about whites in Africa that do a better job of seeing their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 15, 2006
I admire how Grant's writing and direction take Africa for granted (pardon the pun) in the sense that we are spared longing long shots of landscapes and similar signs of awestruck filmmaking. It's is the real thing, no wah-wah about it.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2006
Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces: You can see the outline of a story, and some shapes fit neatly together, but there are undeniable holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
June 8, 2006
Rare is the honest labor of love that doesn't have some redeeming value, and Wah-Wah ultimately wins you over with its sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Angela Baldassarre
June 4, 2006
The film "Wah-Wah" comes across as contrived and artificial.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 3, 2006
We've seen these characters before, and aside from Ruby, they aren't all that fascinating.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 2, 2006
Deftly balancing the end of British colonialism in Africa against a family's painful disintegration, Wah-Wah marks the impressive directing debut of Richard E. Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 2, 2006
The actors give it a spark, and Grant directs his fine cast with sureness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 2, 2006
Maybe the film is loyal to memory, yet it loses steam while gaining speed. The plot becomes a turnstile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 2, 2006
Both tragic and very funny, an accurate snapshot of adolescence and a glimpse of the transformative power of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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