Waist Deep

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 60
    No, it's not a great movie. It is, however, an interesting one.
  3. By most of the ways movies are usually judged, pretty much of a mess. The camerawork is jerky and distracting, the dialogue is cliched and the story makes so little sense that the script seems to have been improvised by the actors as they went along.
  4. Billed as an action thriller, it plays out as an urban-fairy tale version of "Bonnie and Clyde," with an ending suitable for a Harlequin romance.
  5. 50
    Waist Deep is a cynical excuse for the writer and director (and talented actor) Vondie Curtis-Hall to sock some money away for the kids' college tuition. It's as if he watched "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " and thought, "It needs more palm trees."
  6. 50
    Gibson and Good deliver such emotionally honest performances that we wish them a happy ending, no matter how many movie clich├ęs have to be trotted out to get there.
  7. Unapologetically a B movie, its narrative premise whittled down to a mean little nub and placed carefully on the borderline between the wildly implausible and the completely absurd.
  8. As its plot thickens, Waist Deep gets more outlandish. The whole mess empties out into an overextended car chase through Los Angeles.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User 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. 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. Full Review »