75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Sometimes excessiveness and implausibility are virtues in disguise. Movies this enjoyable don't come about by accident.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in the genre.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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63

Chicago Tribune

The performances are pretty good--with the exception of the nauseatingly sweet H. Hunter Hall (the son of the director) as Junior and a one-note scowl from rapper The Game, who plays Meat--and the screenplay, by Hall and Darin Scott, has some genuinely funny moments.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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."
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38

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A deep waste is more like it.
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38

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
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.
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25

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The cast, especially The Game, does a fairly good job with this meager material, but it's like trying to make chateaubriand out of Spam.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Slow-witted and occasionally unintentionally hilarious.
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37 out of 100
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