Waist Deep

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  • Summary: In the urban action thriller Waist Deep, director Vondie Curtis Hall takes audiences on a ride through contemporary Los Angeles -- where a sexy 21st-century Bonnie and Clyde hit the streets. (Rogue Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. Sometimes excessiveness and implausibility are virtues in disguise. Movies this enjoyable don't come about by accident.
  2. Director Vondie Curtis Hall gives this virtually nonstop crime actioner, set against the mean streets of Los Angeles, pleasing noirish touches along with larger-than-life-size characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    60
    Waist Deep packs considerable energy and style into its tale of an ex-con forced back into a life of crime to rescue his kidnapped son. Yet the kinetic direction and occasional sly humor can't disguise the tale's banal brutality or pump much excitement into its routinized pileup of shoot-outs and car chases.
  4. As its plot thickens, Waist Deep gets more outlandish. The whole mess empties out into an overextended car chase through Los Angeles.
  5. 38
    With an exciting way out, the audience would have gladly overlooked all the loose ends from earlier in the movie. But the way Hall plays it, he undermines the early style and intelligence of his all-black action movie, taking audiences for the wrong kind of ride in the end.
  6. 30
    The lengths to which a parent will go to save a child can be gut-wrenching stuff, but Waist Deep rarely hits you in the pit of your stomach. Blame it on the lame screenplay, which unwisely (and badly) gravitates more toward the crime-spree elements of "Bonnie and Clyde" than the fierce parental instincts of, say, "Kramer vs. Kramer" or "Lorenzo's Oil."
  7. Director Vondie Curtis-Hall has managed to top (or should I say "bottom"?) his last theatrical release, Mariah Carey's "Glitter," with a movie that offers not one praiseworthy moment: not a scene, not a performance, not a technical achievement, not even a line of dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. TheresaB.
    Dec 21, 2006
    10
    I really enjoy this film. Tyrese and Megan Good gave a good performance and the action kept me interested throughout the movie.
  2. PrincessYoung
    Oct 17, 2006
    10
    I think this was the best movie I seen in a long time. I had to go by it on DVD.
  3. AbrahamW.
    Jun 21, 2006
    8
    i thoroughly enjoyed the film....the pacing was excellent as was the acting of the two leads ....it kept me on the edge of my seat.
  4. KourtneyT.
    Jun 24, 2006
    8
    Waist Deep is definitely one of the best films of the summer. It had all the elements that a movie should have. Meagan Good gave an Waist Deep is definitely one of the best films of the summer. It had all the elements that a movie should have. Meagan Good gave an outstanding performance as a lead actress. I definitely recommend this movie as a must see hit! Expand
  5. LeeR.
    Oct 9, 2006
    7
    Curtis Hall surprised me with this one. In a time when recycled crap like Little Miss Sunshine and Garden State are ruling the world of film, Curtis Hall surprised me with this one. In a time when recycled crap like Little Miss Sunshine and Garden State are ruling the world of film, it's refreshing to walk into something like Waist Deep and be reminded of just how good films used to be. Expand

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