Wasp Network Reviews

June 25, 2020
Visually, the appeal of Wasp Network is undeniable - all warm, colorful, open spaces, elegantly shot and peopled with beautiful actors. The intrigue could have used some of that heat, too.
June 24, 2020
If there is a snag, it is that the characters are sometimes mysteries not only to each other but to us.
June 24, 2020
This is just a slog... It's so complicated and yet so dull -- and it's over two hours long.
June 22, 2020
Wasp Network is playful propaganda. I liked its style.
June 22, 2020
Regrettably, [Assayas] latest "based on a true story" movie amounts only to a choppy recap of recent Cuban history despite its high concentration of acting talent.
June 19, 2020
One can see the craftsmanship and skill with actors that Assayas has honed for the last three decades in the film's best moments, even if it adds up to something of a disappointment.
June 19, 2020
"Wasp Network" is so temperate in its political approach that you start to forget what's at stake.
June 18, 2020
A provocative demonstration of how strange life can get when the political and the personal intertwine like roots of a mammoth tree.
June 18, 2020
The thrill of watching an Olivier Assayas movie is that you often have no idea where it's going next. This time out, it seems, neither does he.
June 18, 2020
The result feels not unlike an engrossing hour-long TV pilot followed by a sizzle reel of the rest of the season.
June 17, 2020
Even when it lags, "Wasp Network" is always watchable.
September 23, 2019
By the time all of the identities are revealed, they're inconsequential, making Wasp Network as devoid of believability as the real-life events, and as exciting as reading the encyclopedia.
September 3, 2019
Who can you really trust in a world full of traitors? "Wasp Network" asks the question, but it's too busy to stick around and find out.
September 2, 2019
The film is glossy, illuminating and frequently exciting. What it lacks is an emotional charge and a fine-grained texture.
September 2, 2019
While it aims for big choral complexity and is generally an enjoyable watch, the film feels like an oratorio cut down to an overture, engaging with major characters and events that are dropped in or out with an unsatisfying degree of regularity.
September 1, 2019
Wasp Network is a big, handsomely shot movie with a strong cast and stunning location work. But it's also a knotty tangle of endless back and forth between too many characters, situations and settings to make for satisfying storytelling.
September 1, 2019
Cannily combines dense political intrigue with an oblique but welcome touch of classic Hollywood romanticism.
September 1, 2019
The film seems mostly comprised of conversations in restaurants, where new characters and organizations are constantly being introduced. (Seriously, you could create a drinking game over the number of tabletop exposition dumps.)