Waves Reviews

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December 9, 2019
Beautiful and pensive and heartbreaking...
December 6, 2019
When it works, it hits as hard as any movie this year, but those triumphs only come in waves.
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 1, 2019
"Waves" is definitely not a film for everyone, but it has hidden depths that will reward the patient.
November 27, 2019
Schultz has a lovely way of telling a just-on-the-verge-of-melodramatic story on a very human level; his camera gets lost in the faces, the flashing sirens, the immediacy of two young people finding a home with each other.
November 26, 2019
Russell's performance is like a rush of wind on a dry, hot day, the blessing you didn't know you needed.
November 25, 2019
(Shults) has crafted an emotionally pummeling yet ultimately uplifting work that ranks as one of the year's most unique and individual films. And in a year that has given us "Us," "Parasite," "The Farewell" and "The Irishman," that's saying something.
November 21, 2019
Prepare to be bowled over by two relative newcomers: actress Taylor Russell, who quite simply has the most expressive young face to be seen onscreen in many a season, and Kelvin Harrison Jr., who can be cocky and vulnerable in the same split second.
November 21, 2019
Whatever your reaction to this ambitious, boldly original and hard-hitting family drama, you could never accuse writer-director Trey Edward Shults of holding anything back.
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 20, 2019
[A] powerful artistic undertow that sucks viewers in and spits them out gasping.
November 20, 2019
True to its title, "Waves" is frightening and soothing, overwhelming in its elemental force and rarely still.
November 19, 2019
Shults' third feature, both unpredictable and powerful in its impact, careens steadily toward tragedy and then comes out the other side in a way few modern American movies ever attempt, or manage.
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.
Top Critic
November 15, 2019
The film is too long, but I was impressed and riveted throughout.
November 14, 2019
All of Shults's stylistic brio and formal inventiveness is finally in the service of a story about love, its mutability and fragility.
November 14, 2019
The emotional typhoon unleashed in this family drama is the work of Trey Edward Shults, a major young filmmaker who draws astounding performances from Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Sterling K. Brown and an unforgettable Taylor Russell.
November 13, 2019
In end though, substance - or at least [Shults's] sincere approximation of it - wins.
November 13, 2019
Provocatively examines black masculinity and the burden of living up to a societal standard, as well as a parental one.
October 29, 2019
[Shults's] camera expresses the internal worlds of its subjects with such intimacy you almost forget it's even there - until you are hit with yet another glorious, breathtaking shot.
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