Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    60
    Audiences are likely to embrace Breaking the Waves as something rare and fierce and innovative, a passport into the depths of passion, but some people will reconsider when they get home.
  2. Shallow where it would be meaningful, demanding leaps of faith it has not earned, this film's marriage of arresting technique to empty thinking is not unique, only frustrating.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Mar 19, 2014
    60
    As frustrating as it is rewarding.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D]
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Simanton
    40
    It was a bleak allegory -- a desperate, sullen, and moderately sick tale.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. LauraG
    Sep 22, 2008
    10
    You just can't close your mouth once the movie has finished.
  2. JayH
    Aug 30, 2009
    7
    Emotionally, the film is devastating, and it is certainly not a cheery movie. The performances are rich and deep, Emily Watson is amazing. I Emotionally, the film is devastating, and it is certainly not a cheery movie. The performances are rich and deep, Emily Watson is amazing. I was a bit disappointed in the ending however, but it is a very well crafted film. Full Review »
  3. antoñete
    Dec 29, 2006
    10
    Unforgettable masterpiece with a masterclass perfomance by Emily Watson as Bess McNeill.