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175 Ratings


Directed by Trey Edward Shults
United States, 2019


Two young couples navigate through the emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love.

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Waves Directed by Trey Edward Shults

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  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Waves

    To give you an idea of how tonally confused this is: a scene of a boyfriend confronting his ex at a school party is orchestrated like a one-take setpiece from "True Detective." The film is both gob-smackingly gorgeous and over-directed, two things I generally like, but there's not enough of a narrative to prop up the Americanized answer to Xavier Dolan's messy, emotionally affecting cinema I think this wants to be.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Waves

    Trey Edward Shults didn't know if he wanted to copy Barry Jenkins or late films of Terrence Malick, so he decided to copy both of them - and then some. A most cynical, calculated, opportunistic, Pitchfork-curated, textbook christian, suburbanite hipster, filmic piece of shit; combining the worst clichés and tendencies of American indie pop cinema of the last decade, starring the whitest black family ever put on film.

  • Kenrick Block's rating of the film Waves

    Every film of Shults is so incredibly different and yet they all have the same love for their characters, depth and care in the depiction of the families, and a truly genius ear for sound design and music. Waves is hard to put into words it is a truly cinematic experience. Sound and colour.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Waves

    Masterful cinematography. Bombastic sound design. Good performances all around. Strange script though, as taking time to tell stories of both brother and sister seemed like overkill. Would have been better if the sister's relationship with her father and mother were simply a small coda at the end. The road trip was an entirely different film. Excellent demonstration of all the stresses on high school athletes.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Waves

    Boom! Shults flexes so hard he almost pulls an emotional muscle here in this deeply immersive, pulsing examination of family, choices, regret and forgiveness. He renders the duality of youthful fearlessness and fragility with a bombastic virtuosity. Add to that, mesmerising cinematography and Reznor's frenetic sound design the mood is truly palpable with it's deft POV shifts and heartbreaking performances. 4.5 stars!

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Waves

    Shults made a melodrama and Sirk would be proud. Full review:

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Waves

    The fact that films like this one, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" or "Us" got completely snubbed throughout this awards season, while other middle-of-the-road films are just being carried away, just highlights how the lack of diversity is nothing but a choice from an industry that thinks of itself as being more liberal, inclusive and creative than it really is. Shults continues his winning streak!

  • jjk's rating of the film Waves

    embarrassing but has a couple of moments that stop it from being entirely awful- I did have a good time watching it tho ngl - also two animal collective songs (not the two you’d think) I know if I was 16 yr old who loved frank ocean this would be my favourite movie

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