'The Wave' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   18 reviews
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Wave" feels overdetermined and ploddingly dramatized.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Here is the winner of this week's No Shit Sherlock award: a prime example of the kind of film dead set on telling you what you know already.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Greenberg Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Seductive and horrifying at the same time...The film opens with a rush of energy and doesn't let up.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    75
    The inclusion of an engrossing (yet expected) finale ensures that The Wave ends on an exceedingly positive note...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kalvin Henely Slant Magazine
    38
    The Wave is top-heavy and light-footed, racing its winning idea-that fascism can still be attractive to some, even in modern Germany-past itself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
    38
    The Wave is top-heavy and light-footed, racing its winning idea-that fascism can still be attractive to some, even in modern Germany-past itself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Stonebraker New York Press
    The Wave forces a confrontation with the seductive potential in all of us to abuse and be abused by the exercise of singular power in the name of good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile
    Brilliantly written and directed, wonderfully performed by an ensemble cast, and haunting in its intensity
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wendy Ide Times [UK]
    40
    It's an interesting and provocative idea somewhat marred by wretched performances from several of the kids and the same whiff of sanctimony and naivety that made The Edukators, another tiresomely right-on film from Germany, such a trial.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carmen Grey Total Film
    60
    A seductive, button-nudging probe of pack-frenzy mentality. Some credibility's lost in the rush to combustion point, but the brawny direction and convincing cast make this a gripping cautionary tale.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    80
    Thought-provoking stuff.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jamie McLeish Film4
    50
    An intriguing premise, well performed by the actors and engagingly directed by Gansel, suffers from a script that tries to pack too much into a single week and an ending that feels forced and didactic.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rosamund Witcher Empire Magazine
    80
    A fascinating notion, convincingly realised.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    60
    It's a strong film but in the end a rather obvious one.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Robey Daily Telegraph
    As it bounds along with its pumping rock playlist, you start to realise that the movie is predictable and slightly scared, and that it doesn't really make sense.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Trevor Johnston Time Out
    50
    Still, the quicksilver editing and thumping score mean it's zippily put together, and an undeniable willingness to engage with a youthful audience is admirably inclusive.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    Nevertheless, as a disturbing indictment of the course that could be taken by disaffected youth, The Wave makes a big splash.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Victor Olliver Teletext
    60
    The film is persuasive that fascism can take root in any environment. Strong performances all the way.
    Full Review » 6 years ago