Critics are doing backflips to express their enthusiasm at WAVES. “There are no wrong notes here, no weak performances, no moment that feels forced, no emotions that feels unearned. The film is an emotional knockout that will leave even the most stoic viewer on the verge of weeping, but the shifts of the film’s second half are ultimately uplifting. WAVES is a tremendous film, one that finishes with an appropriately transcendent final shot. Another chapter ends, another begins”—The Film Stage. The future is bright for Tyler (Luce’s’s young star Kelvin Harrison Jr.), who seems to have everything he needs: a wealthy family to support him, a spot on the high-school wrestling team, and a girlfriend he’s head over heels in love with. Committed to greatness and under intense scrutiny from his father, Tyler spends his mornings and nights training. But when pushed to the limit, cracks in the perfect façade of Tyler’s existence start to show. But then, WAVES goes somewhere you never think it’s going to—and then does it again. R. 135 min.