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The Wave Reviews

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January 13, 2020
[Gille Klabin] manages to rope in a breathtaking audio-visual representation of drug paranoia and dreamscape, but when it comes to complimenting it with a script that doesn't just try to be smarter than it actually is, he falters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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January 16, 2020
The artistry at work in The Wave isn't enough to keep the film from caving in under its middling story.
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 13, 2020
Like A Christmas Carol if that story involved a scummy lawyer cheating families out of life insurance policies, but with no holidays and plenty of heavy-handed morality lessons regarding the underclass and the upper class
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2020
Instead of a kaleidoscopic journey into the mind, though, The Wave turns out to be more like a moralizing After School Special.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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 14, 2020
Gille Klabin's vividly rendered scenes of psychotropic freakouts prop up the been-there, ripped-that bong-hit philosophizing of Carl W. Lucas's screenplay. "The Wave" is never a bad trip per se -just one you wish would go a little more far out, man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 16, 2020
[The screenplay] seems to be making up the rules as the movie progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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 16, 2020
The Wave is two-thirds of a cool movie. The final third becomes didactic in a way that's disappointing in its predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 16, 2020
Klabin seems to be speaking directly to midnight movie fans, stoners who love hearing about other people's dreams, and Justin Long completists. Outside that particular demographic, this frenetic trip may wind up feeling more like an exhausting slog.
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.
January 17, 2020
The Wave is a scrappy little head trip with heart and style to spare.
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 16, 2020
The Wave is way more than a story around a bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 23, 2019
The Wave is never too eager to impress its audience. It creates a more inviting atmosphere that elaborates on some heady topics, while still never losing sight of being a goofy comedy. Overall, this a daring, sharp, and satisfying jolt to the system.
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 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 30, 2020
a psychedelic adventure
September 25, 2019
The Wave is a fun enough way to watch one man piece together his bad times, when time has no meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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