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Waves (2019)



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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Bill Wise
as Coach Wise
Krisha Fairchild
as English Teacher
Albert Link
as Minister
Holland Hayes
as Doctor Steve
David Anthony Payton
as Security Guard
Lulu Braha
as Protester
Harmony Korine
as Mr. Stanley
Jeff Hersh
as Cop #2
Avis-Marie Barnes
as Doctor, Rest of cast listed alphabetically:Doctor
Sheila Friedman
as Diner Patron / Church Congregant
Monica Kaufer
as Diner Hostess
Sharon Pfeiffer
as Abortion clinic visitor
Ricardo Burgos
as Doctor (uncredited)
Anja Conklin
as Alexis' Friend (uncredited)
Victoria Cox
as Ryan's Prom Date (uncredited)
Ellen Marguerite Cullivan
as Doctor (uncredited)
Gene Mack Daniels
as Liquor store guy (uncredited)
Joseph Giambrone
as Wrestler's Parent (uncredited)
Steve Heinz
as Referee (uncredited)
Monica Henry
as Parent (uncredited)
Kim Ostrenko
as Mom (uncredited)
Peggy Sheffield
as Records Office Employee (uncredited)
Hakeem Vilamar
as High School Student (uncredited)
Malik Vilamar
as High School Student (uncredited)
Bailey Walker
as Teen Girl (uncredited)
Valdez Williams
as 2nd Team for Kelvin Harrison Jr. (uncredited)
Kristin Wollett
as Park Mother (uncredited)
Tiffany Sanz Yamini
as Missouri Diner Waitress (uncredited)
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All Critics (238) | Top Critics (36)

Shults is saying nothing new here. Nor does he exploit or trivialise the African-American experience. It's a powerful and plausible tale but it's told with such a bombardment of sound and image that he leaves you no opportunity to think for yourself.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film oozes cinematic style (every shot has a point, every camera movement an intention), while Shults's screenplay dives deep and tackles essential themes - parenting, forgiveness and the release of death. It's beautiful work.

January 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Waves isn't merely a film about teenagers, it's virtually a teenager in film form. It's also the kind of cinema that keeps you young.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Shults has proven himself to be a brilliant filmmaker already... But Waves gets away from him, the film far more captivated by sound and spectacle than it is character and story.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie is perfectly legible in conventional linear terms. But where it goes, how it gets there and how it comes back again, is more unexpected.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Beautiful and pensive and heartbreaking...

December 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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