Waist Deep
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To save his son from ruthless gangsters, a streetwise ex-con finds himself coerced into performing a series of crimes in this gritty thriller. Waist Deep features Tyrese Gibson as O2, a young father and recent parolee whose life on the outside is upended when his young son Junior is taken hostage after an auto-theft gone wrong. After learning that his boy is in the hands of a mob boss named Meat (The Game), O2 is forced to break the law once again to satisfy his demands, and teams up with Coco (Meagan Good), a hooker with ties to Meat, to get into the gangster's inner sanctum and save his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"From its non-committal title downwards -- we're a bit worse than ankle deep, but not quite neck deep -- the film includes a final shot that is almost surreal in its implausibility. Waist Deep? More like Deep Waste."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Nothing in this story is remotely realistic, and the target audience for urban dramas -- teenage boys -- won't know what to make of its mushy romantic center."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Would most likely have made for a decent late-night Cinemax staple, but its stabs at higher significance only bring on the giggles."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"...strangely uninvolving..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The cast just about escapes with its dignity after this derivative, predictable urban thriller."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in [this] genre."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Waist Deep is a hip, hard genre picture that begins well, but quickly gets in over its head."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A waste of time!"
‑ Kam Williams, Awareness Magazine
"Just looking at the genre, this is a cut above the normal. This is by no means an endorsement of this movie, but it is better than most."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
""Die Hard" meets "Boyz N'The Hood". Audaciously enthralling"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"For its ever shifting attitudes toward men, women, and murder, Waist Deep is one of the sloppiest movies ever to reach the screen."
‑ Bill Gallo, Village Voice
"Sometimes excessiveness and implausibility are virtues in disguise. Movies this enjoyable don't come about by accident."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"I saw Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde is a major American movie. Waist Deep, sir, is no Bonnie and Clyde."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"The worst is saved for last: just when you think the movie has shown the courage of its 'gritty' convictions, it hits you with schmaltz that would shame a Hallmark card."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC
"A carjacking leads to violence, revenge and antiheroes impossible to root for in Waist Deep, an urban gangster crime-thriller."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
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