Breaking the Waves Synopsis
A paralyzed seaman (Stellan Skarsgard) asks his shy Scottish wife (Emily Watson) to take lovers.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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....
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100

New York Daily News

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One of the most emotionally devastating movies of the decade.
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100

Total Film

Philosophically complex, spiritual but anti-religious, harrowing yet hopeful.
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100

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
True art is a journey to somewhere you've never been, and there has never been a movie quite like Breaking the Waves.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not many movies like this get made, because not many filmmakers are so bold, angry and defiant.
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90

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
The simplified, handheld camerawork and the idea of “cutting for emotion” rather than continuity gets the most out of his actors, who are...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
If not for a somewhat forced catharsis during the epilogue (the weakest segment of the movie), Breaking the Waves would have been more...
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50

USA Today

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