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 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
It's a tangential film, or perhaps elliptical. It approaches its ideas from the side without ever actually coming straight at them.
December 4, 2019
Shults' impressively terrible film telegraphs tragedy with little regard for the nuances of human experience. It swings for the fences in every moment, producing the most uninteresting and unrewarding type of melodrama.
December 4, 2019
If the film's psychology and dialogue remain frustratingly basic...the viscerally effective audio-visual approach amplif[ies] the story's emotional intimacy in ways the situations and mostly platitudinous dialogue sometimes fail to do.
December 4, 2019
[Trey Edward] Shults aims to take viewers on a journey predominantly comprised of peaks and valleys with not enough attention devoted to those in-between moments.
December 2, 2019
Perhaps the back half of Waves should simply be the whole...
November 28, 2019
The film is ambitious, virtuosic and intermittently wrenching, but in the end the sense of calculation undermines its impact.
November 27, 2019
When you step back from it and consider the story, Waves looks an awful lot like a conventional melodrama.
November 27, 2019
There are two movies going on in Waves. Unfortunately, you may want to deal with only one of them.
November 22, 2019
I do have to give this movie credit, there's a lot of greatness...but it did bug me, I'm getting tired of people seeing our misery as what moves them...
November 21, 2019
For every element that rings strong and true, there are several that don't and both are served up with such concussive force that the only thing that most viewers will take away from it is a pounding headache.
November 21, 2019
Though well-intentioned, this messy, overwrought family drama demands emotion but arouses antipathy.
November 21, 2019
An absolute disaster, morally odious on top of being aesthetically confused. But it couldn't be such a thoroughgoing failure if it wasn't swinging for the fences.
November 20, 2019
That our culture and complexities can be so easily translated into cultural capital or crudely materialized decorative accessories for white "visionaries" without question or hesitation is really something else.
November 19, 2019
What probably could or should have taken up the bulk of the 135-minute film is its second act. But by this point, Shults has already run a marathon in circles, exhausting his own film.
November 18, 2019
The gyrating and glowing images in this melodrama, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, can't mask its flimsy storytelling or facile manipulations.
October 29, 2019
Whatever intended lyricism Shults aims for gets lost in a cacophony of despair that rarely feels genuine.
September 19, 2019
[Waves] comes across as Shults wrangling desperately for approval from the younger generations -- so much so that is heart is more with his future success than the fictional lives he's depicting.
September 18, 2019
[D]espite its fevered sensory world and punishing human stakes, Waves struggles to align the two for the truly immersive experience of its ambitions.
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