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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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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…

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…

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