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An up-close look at one family's emotional ups and downs, Waves captures complicated dynamics with tenderness and grace.



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Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family--led by a well-intentioned but domineering father--as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.


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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (8)

  • The artistic evolution Shults is undergoing makes him as exciting as anyone at work -- he's as sharp as the young Darren Aronofsky, and his heart is only growing larger.

    Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Right from the start, when the camera does 360-degree loops in a moving car while an anthem blares deafeningly on top, Shults treats his narrative as a coat-hanger for a style that's sometimes assaultive, sometimes expressive..

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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  • Waves takes us on a real journey, leaving us breathless but also marvelling at the end.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Waves is as anxiety-inducing as any other journey into the dark and unknowable.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Waves" is an even deeper plunge into the same pool, but for all its darkness, it's also a work of great tenderness, with a bracing openness to complex new frontiers of human experience.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A deeper and more profound film than your average character drama, a masterpiece that's hard to walk away from without checking your own grievances and grief.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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