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The Wave Reviews

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June 25, 2020
"The Wave" feels tailor-made to spark shallow philosophical musings from stoners sitting on couches rather than offering real insight. Still, it's fun, doesn't overuse psychedelic visuals, and as a debut feature, shows off an inventive and peculiar eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 2, 2020
A wild and multi-genre ride. There are messages on life throughout, but it gets muddled in the confused plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 30, 2020
Smash together bits of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and an episode of the old TV show "Scrubs"...and you might get "The Wave," an appealingly ambitious debut feature from director Gille Klabin.
January 30, 2020
a psychedelic adventure
January 23, 2020
A punchy and visually arresting calling card that announces the arrival of the filmmaker's bold style.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2020
he Wave feels like a fresh, fun, and funky episode of The Twilight Zone.
January 18, 2020
There are missteps here, but the combination of Justin Long and the overall vibe wind up saving the day, especially when mixed with some of Klabin's visual stylings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2020
Featuring a solid turn from Justin Long, The Wave is a delightfully different drug comedy. While it may not be the most important film of the year, its messages about anyone being able to change and chasing happiness feel timely and engaging.
January 17, 2020
It feels like an accomplished film - it certainly doesn't feel like a first film. Justin Long is perfect for this part.
January 17, 2020
I found myself really impressed by this movie. It's a first feature and has a lot of ambition to it... You come out of this going "that movie is good, but that director is going to be great."
January 17, 2020
There's something calming about the hallucinogenic hysteria Gille Klabin sets in motion, even when Justin Long's face is covered with enough upper and downer residue to kill an adult gorilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2020
Starting as a drug-fueled, night-out-gone-wrong story, this clever little film soon turns into a metaphysical mystery that engages and intrigues with its vivid, offbeat characters and smart dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2020
Though Klabin provides a suitable amount of exciting visuals, Long is fun to watch, and the third act is good, The Wave is barely a ride worth taking.
January 17, 2020
Don't think too hard about the plot twists or the rules of Frank's universe, because it will all fall apart. Just buy the ticket, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
January 17, 2020
It's a movie designed to replicate the confusion of its protagonist, but ultimately reflects the confusion of everyone who made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 17, 2020
There's little here we haven't seen fifteen years ago; think Donnie Darko meets Pineapple Express, and you've got a stew going.
January 17, 2020
The Wave is a scrappy little head trip with heart and style to spare.
January 17, 2020
This fever dream feels more derivative than distinctive, entertaining and eventful as it is. Still, it's a well-cast, well-crafted stab at something offbeat...
January 16, 2020
[The screenplay] seems to be making up the rules as the movie progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 16, 2020
By the time a now lucid Frank finally acknowledges the cryptic messages that have been relentlessly swirling around him, "The Wave's" giddy effect comes crashing down where viewer involvement is concerned.
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