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Waist Deep (2006)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 56

A well-meaning B-movie that suffers from a cliche-ridden script and poorly drawn characters that fail to inspire much sympathy.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 18

A well-meaning B-movie that suffers from a cliche-ridden script and poorly drawn characters that fail to inspire much sympathy.



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To save his son from ruthless gangsters, a streetwise ex-con finds himself coerced into performing a series of crimes in this gritty thriller. Waist Deep features Tyrese Gibson as O2, a young father and recent parolee whose life on the outside is upended when his young son Junior is taken hostage after an auto-theft gone wrong. After learning that his boy is in the hands of a mob boss named Meat (The Game), O2 is forced to break the law once again to satisfy his demands, and teams up with Coco


Drama, Action & Adventure

Oct 10, 2006


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From its non-committal title downwards -- we're a bit worse than ankle deep, but not quite neck deep -- the film includes a final shot that is almost surreal in its implausibility. Waist Deep? More like Deep Waste.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in [this] genre.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The Game attempts to exude menace through hardcore forehead-wrinkling and gangsta nose-crinkling, but his efforts are more comic than sinister.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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For its ever shifting attitudes toward men, women, and murder, Waist Deep is one of the sloppiest movies ever to reach the screen.

June 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Nothing in this story is remotely realistic, and the target audience for urban dramas -- teenage boys -- won't know what to make of its mushy romantic center.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Waist Deep is a hip, hard genre picture that begins well, but quickly gets in over its head.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
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Would most likely have made for a decent late-night Cinemax staple, but its stabs at higher significance only bring on the giggles.

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A waste of time!

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Awareness Magazine
Awareness Magazine

I saw Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde is a major American movie. Waist Deep, sir, is no Bonnie and Clyde.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...strangely uninvolving...

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Just looking at the genre, this is a cut above the normal. This is by no means an endorsement of this movie, but it is better than most.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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The worst is saved for last: just when you think the movie has shown the courage of its 'gritty' convictions, it hits you with schmaltz that would shame a Hallmark card.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

The cast just about escapes with its dignity after this derivative, predictable urban thriller.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

"Die Hard" meets "Boyz N'The Hood". Audaciously enthralling

October 11, 2006 | Comment (1)

A carjacking leads to violence, revenge and antiheroes impossible to root for in Waist Deep, an urban gangster crime-thriller.

July 10, 2006

The efforts of Waist Deep to make some meaningful social commentary about street gangs and the vicious circle in which African-American men often find themselves seem like an afterthought, rather than anything remotely sincere.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The rare summer film that actually delivers what it promises -- 90-odd minutes of lurid trash with hardly a single socially redeeming moment to be had. It even takes the time to illustrate some of my all-time favorite action movie cliches.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

Implausible - with every urban cliche and stereotype - a complete waste of time and money.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source:

If only director Vondie Curtis Hall were content with making a lean, mean action thriller, as he and his film soon find themselves waist deep and in over their head in pretentious ambition.

July 4, 2006

Marred by absurd plot digressions and choppy, sloppy and incoherent shaky-camera action sequences.

June 30, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

lets it's booming gangsta rap soundtrack cover up the sad truth that the film doesn't have a real message.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

so superficial and poorly directed that I've got to think that even those inclined to appreciate a gangsta-flavored action flick will be shaking their heads in disappointment.

June 28, 2006 Full Review

While the plot is overtly absurd (nearly every scene leads to a shoot-out, beating, or car chase), the film never lets up on those "Save Our Streets" demonstrations.

June 28, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Waist Deep

His son. His life. His freedom. He's taking them all back.

Very good movie. I enjoyed it alot, It had a good conflict from beginning to end which kept you intrigued the whole time. Great ending they way it should be. I gotta say Meagan Good to me is the hottest most sexiest black woman alive, her lips are perfect meant to be kissed, what a body, smoking HOT!

In South Los Angeles, while bringing his beloved son Junior back home from school, the paroled ex-convicted O2 promises his son that he would always come back to him and never leave him alone. However, his car is hijacked and Junior is kidnapped. Without any lead, O2 forces the street vendor Coco to help him to find where his car might have been sent for disassembling. Meanwhile, O2's addicted brother Lucky discovers that the cruel leader of the Outlaw Syndicate, the drug lord Meat, is keeping the boy arrested in a room and asking a ransom of US$ 100,000.00 that he believes O2 have from an old heist. O2 and Coco plot a scheme to put the pimp P-Money and Meat against each other and steal their money.
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Really good action romance.Starring Tyrese.
January 28, 2008

Super Reviewer

Awful movie. The only bright spot was Meagan Good.
June 25, 2007

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