Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Frenetic and emotionally shattering, Trey Edward Shults’ Waves bravely shifts tonal gears as it develops its unconventional narrative to reveal its subtle layers of complexities. The chemistry of the cast is ultimately the reigning power of the movies success, and what commences as a seeming anecdote about excessively strict parenthood wonderfully transforms into something else entirely different.
Shults combines numerous thoughts and investigates many themes within the narrative, such as familiarity, masculinity, affection and compassion, and it features a wonderful cascade of energetic camera movements, rapid editing, and a terrific score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s additionally crammed with believable characters who portray human fallibilities of making mistakes that come back to haunt them. Waves is a sentimental roller coaster that is achingly solid in its convictions.