The Wave
The Wave (2011)

Germany today. During a project week, high school teacher Rainer Wenger (Jurgen Vogel) comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results begins. Within… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 3, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Based on a true story, though relocated to Germany, this thought provoking film has an interesting premise, but suffers through a lack of believability.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"The Wave" feels overdetermined and ploddingly dramatized.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The inclusion of an engrossing (yet expected) finale ensures that The Wave ends on an exceedingly positive note...

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Brilliantly written and directed, wonderfully performed by an ensemble cast, and haunting in its intensity

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Still, the quicksilver editing and thumping score mean it's zippily put together, and an undeniable willingness to engage with a youthful audience is admirably inclusive.

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

The Wave is top-heavy and light-footed, racing its winning idea-that fascism can still be attractive to some, even in modern Germany-past itself.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It's a strong film but in the end a rather obvious one.

James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter

Seductive and horrifying at the same time...The film opens with a rush of energy and doesn't let up.

Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

The Wave forces a confrontation with the seductive potential in all of us to abuse and be abused by the exercise of singular power in the name of good.

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Metro (UK)

This year's Lord Of The Flies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even if based on real events, it is a bit hard to believe that everything that we see here would happen so fast; still, this is a thought-provoking film about… More
Jens S.
This German drama about a teacher's project of showing his class how easily people fall into fascism traps starts out somewhat slow, taking its time to… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Despite its jumpy stylistical choices, which clearly serve to appeal young viewers into the story, it deals with an extremely serious subject matter that will… More
Rubia Carolina
It's a very interesting and important subject, but the film itself is very average. To those who don't know, this experiment actually took place in… More
Cynthia S.
Based on actual events. Although the actual experiment took place in Palo Alto, California, this film takes place in Germany. A teacher decides to undertake a… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Can there be another dictatorship in Germany?"</i> A high school teacher's unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students… More