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The First Wave Reviews

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January 5, 2022
This movie is about reality, the inescapable kind of reality that can be ignored, but not avoided. For a hint of how bad it can get for the unvaccinated, watch this film about how bad it was before there was a vaccine.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 29, 2021
Filmed over the course of the first few months of COVID-19's onslaught in New York, it is harrowing and heartbreaking in equal measure.
December 23, 2021
The First Wave may be awkwardly inchoate as a document of this pandemic but, as a testament to those who serve to heal us, it's indelible.
December 10, 2021
While there is light at the end of this particular tunnel, the well-crafted First Wave, like other COVID documentaries to date, emphasizes the harrowing immediacy of a lethal emergency.
December 9, 2021
It's a tribute to the courage of all those who stayed the course and a reminder of how much is still at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2021
It's a haunting, harrowing, but vital and important tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2021
Heineman's documentary won't tell you anything new, but it's a poignant tribute to medical workers in a hard-hit city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2021
Heineman has crafted a superb film, both hugely moving and tremendously inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2021
This is war reportage. But unpacking the metaphor of battle, so casually thrown around in the past 21 months, is part of the film's value.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2021
A gruelling and remarkable portrait of healthcare workers under extreme duress and patients laid out with a crippling illness for which no-one was adequately prepared.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2021
[A] gripping, powerful documentary...
November 23, 2021
This remarkable film feels like it could become a time capsule, showing future generations what it felt like in 2020 for those on the frontline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2021
Since COVID-19 is still far from over at present, it made for a difficult watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 20, 2021
This film portrays the perseverance of a community ravaged beyond imagination. And it ends with the sobering knowledge that [more] was coming.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 20, 2021
A powerful cinematographic tool to remind us all about the human cost of a crisis, and admire the people who valiantly fought to contain it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 19, 2021
It's heartbreaking, but also filled with life affirming moments that make the documentary bearable.
November 18, 2021
There is no way to watch "The First Wave" without being rattled by the persistent loss of life.
November 18, 2021
"The First Wave is a movie that will remind you as deeply as one can feel about your humanity... our strength and our vulnerability. "
November 18, 2021
A movie set in my own neck of the woods (more or less) after a number of docs about how COVID hit China months earlier.
November 18, 2021
It's agonizing to witness the degree of suffering that this movie documents, all the more so because the pandemic is still ongoing.
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