75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The fascinating aspect of the rambling and involving film is how Ralph and this no-nonsense dame who married Dad become confederates.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Thanks to Grant's script and direction, the exotic Swaziland location (a film first) and an engaging cast, this smartly crafted drama radiates a gently comic pulse.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Wah-Wah has a sequence, based on old newsreels, in which the flag is lowered and the sun sets on another bit of the empire. Odd how many critics have felt the whole movie should be about this. I don't see why. The story is about people who lived closed lives, and a film about them would necessarily give independence only a supporting role.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Veteran actor Richard E. Grant makes his writing and directing debut with Wah-Wah, a startling portrait of his own startling and unusual childhood, growing up in Swaziland in the waning days of the British Empire in Africa.
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63

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Wah-Wah's characters are wonderfully human and flawed and still capable of stirring empathy, which is appealing. But in the end, the film isn't saying much at all.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Though the raw material is juicy stuff, the details and the larger picture never come together and the cast is uneven.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An overdeveloped coming-of-age potboiler.
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50

Chicago Tribune

There isn't enough heft to the story to pull everything together. Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
To label the parents in Wah-Wah dysfunctional doesn't adequately describe their wildly inappropriate behavior.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
As coming of age stories go, Wah-Wah does little to distinguish itself.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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