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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When it works, it hits as hard as any movie this year, but those triumphs only come in waves.
It's a tangential film, or perhaps elliptical. It approaches its ideas from the side without ever actually coming straight at them.
"Waves" is definitely not a film for everyone, but it has hidden depths that will reward the patient.
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.
Russell's performance is like a rush of wind on a dry, hot day, the blessing you didn't know you needed.
(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.
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