Waves Reviews

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December 13, 2019
Putting aside the debate over who gets to tell what stories, Shults's failure of imagination seems to be the product of neglect rather than ignorance, as if he wasn't willing to mold his film to fit the diversity of his cast...
December 13, 2019
Indie director Trey Edward Shults delivers visual poetry.
December 12, 2019
Although a tragedy is the center of the plot, WAVES is a film about hope, feelings, human connections, and life being lived, even in the wake of the unthinkable.
December 12, 2019
Overwrought and anguished, it's a domestic melodrama, reflecting parent-child pressures.
December 12, 2019
Paired with the music, Waves combines the visual audacity of bright colors with the roaring soundtrack to create a Fantasia-like dream aesthetic.
December 11, 2019
The gripping domestic drama Waves is an often-fascinating piece of filmmaking that encompasses euphoria, tragedy and every conceivable emotion in between in depicting a solid American family unit sliding in and out of crisis.
December 11, 2019
Anchored by two parallel and incredible performances, Waves offers an all-around impressive ensemble.
December 10, 2019
Shults has "finally" penned a script to match his top-notch technical prowess.
December 10, 2019
Shults' riveting family melodrama thrilled me, challenged me, and rocked my soul.
December 9, 2019
The film's an absolute masterwork: intimately epic, powerfully acted, visually and aurally gorgeous, heart-shredding, and raw-as-blood in its brutal honesty.
December 9, 2019
Maybe Waves is only soap opera at bottom, but soap opera can be strong when it's elevated by overwhelming visuals and strong acting, like it is here.
December 9, 2019
Beautiful and pensive and heartbreaking...
December 9, 2019
Few films are able to get to the heart of what it means to face life's ups and downs the way this one does.
December 8, 2019
Shults applies a lot of artifice to the Williams children's paired stories, like a new generation of Terence Malick's infuriatingly elliptical storytelling.
December 8, 2019
It's the kind of movie that will break your heart, and then break it again, but only after it wins you over for its display of sheer artistry and earnestness.
December 6, 2019
The second half boasts a captivating portrayal from newcomer Taylor Russell, as the younger sister in a suffering family. Talk about healing influences.
December 6, 2019
Waves is almost unclassifiable; nevertheless, it delivers an emotional gut punch that aches -- in a good way -- for days after viewing.
December 6, 2019
Some lovely performances, but Waves is a classic example of movie where the filmmaker fell in love with his own shots. Overlong and poorly paced.
December 6, 2019
Caught between two narratives, "Waves" almost feels like its working against itself, but with performances and writing this compelling, sometimes you just have to drift with the tide.
December 6, 2019
When it works, it hits as hard as any movie this year, but those triumphs only come in waves.
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