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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    "Waves" is a spellbinder. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D] show more

  • 100
    New York Daily News

    One of the most emotionally devastating movies of the decade. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A movie about the passions of simple people, and it's done with such extraordinary empathy and commitment that it all but pulls you under. [29 November 1996, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not many movies like this get made, because not many filmmakers are so bold, angry and defiant. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    If not for a somewhat forced catharsis during the epilogue (the weakest segment of the movie), Breaking the Waves would have been more wrenching than it is. show more

  • 100
    F. X. Feeney Mr. Showbiz

    Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade. show more

  • 100
    Total Film

    Philosophically complex, spiritual but anti-religious, harrowing yet hopeful. show more

  • 90
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    The simplified, handheld camerawork and the idea of “cutting for emotion” rather than continuity gets the most out of his actors, who are free to clash and improvise within a scene without worrying about hitting their marks. show more

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