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Waves (2019)

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

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Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, 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. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

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When it works, it hits as hard as any movie this year, but those triumphs only come in waves.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a tangential film, or perhaps elliptical. It approaches its ideas from the side without ever actually coming straight at them.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Waves" is definitely not a film for everyone, but it has hidden depths that will reward the patient.

December 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Russell's performance is like a rush of wind on a dry, hot day, the blessing you didn't know you needed.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

(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 25, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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