• R, 2 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Francesco Lucente
    In Theaters:
    Nov 30, 2007 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2009
  • Arcangelo Entertainment

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Badland Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Badland takes a step in the right direction by attempting to understand the aftermath of war.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 3, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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The mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film Badland is independent in scale but aggressively Hollywood in storytelling.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2007
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Expertly constructed and beautifully photographed, Badland easily sustains its 160-minute running time, and the portrayals of Draven, a British actor, and 9-year-old Fulton can stand alongside the year's best.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 30, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unrelentingly bleak and depressing drama about an Iraqi war veteran who is unable to deal with his rage.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

December 9, 2007
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Exploiting what it is supposed to renounce, Badland combines a dreadfully long and dull screenplay and extremely plain surroundings to make a well-meaning anti-war film you'll want to miss.

| Original Score: 5/10

December 7, 2007
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Some good performances. But, the overall disturbing atmosphere of the film is more than I prefer. That said, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness of PTSD.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 5, 2007
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

Until the mess in the Middle East has found its way to a resolution, we can continue to expect films like Badland as part of the collateral damage in the War on Terror.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 2, 2007

Slant Magazine

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 1, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Clocking in at just under three hours, writer-director Francesco Lucente's earnest attempt at making an Iraq War-era Coming Home says many things at once without much perspective or clarity.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

November 30, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 30, 2007
Jay Antani
Boxoffice Magazine

Offensive to all and on every level, Badland tops the landfill of this year's worst.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

November 30, 2007
Robert Koehler
Variety
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The raw material would seem to be in place for a strong, moving contemporary tragedy, but scene after endless scene fails to come to life.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 30, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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When the picture gets around to its calculated socko ending, the viewer has long been pummeled into a state of numbness.

November 30, 2007
Dave White
Movies.com

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: F

November 30, 2007
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

At least half the celluloid should have hit the editing room floor, since this one-trick road flick revolves around Jerry's constantly contemplating suicide and belatedly bonding with his daughter while eluding the authorities.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 29, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Badland practically begs 'For Your Consideration' without the substance to justify its awards-season epic length.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 27, 2007
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