• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ryan Piers Williams
    In Theaters:
    Jul 30, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 9, 2010
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The Dry Land Reviews

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Prairie Miller

This typical covert censorship in war movies is so conventional and prevalent by now, that there's an actual office in existence called the US Army Entertainment Industry Liaison. Indeed, authenticity when it comes to locations and props, has its price.

Full Review Source: Reelrave

October 14, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Very well-made and well-acted.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A strong first film, and with a better-honed script, Williams should prove to be a director to watch.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 13, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A very familiar Stateside war drama -- narratively, the film just goads when it's convenient and shrinks when it suits its purposes, never feeling like an honest exploration of its characters' problems.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: 2/5

August 9, 2010
Cole Smithey

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Ryan Piers Williams's gloomy post Afghan/Iraq war drama is that there aren't more such coming-home movies being made by upstart filmmakers.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

August 2, 2010
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

Williams and Ferrera emphasize the heartache of coming home in their Iraq War drama The Dry Land, and the result is a worthy family melodrama for the Iraq War generation.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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It's impossible to watch the film and not realize that war is folly.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2010
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 30, 2010
Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
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Well-intentioned, if unevenly executed.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking.

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

July 30, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

July 29, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A moving drama about an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD and the soul loss he experiences.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2010
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

So is there a middle ground between supporting the troops but not condoning them? The military certainly hopes not. Which makes the film, however compassionate, a bitter pill to swallow. Or as they prescribe for whatever ails destroyed vets - Take a pill.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

July 29, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'The Dry Land' is appropriately slow low-key, in keeping with the war hero's bewildered face even in stress or violence.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

July 29, 2010
Geoff Berkshire

The PTSD subject matter already feels worked over and [Ryan Piers] Williams doesn't find a new or memorable approach to take it to another level.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 29, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Just another cost-of-war movie, you say? Yes, and that's exactly the point.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 28, 2010
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Reminiscent of The Messenger in its ability to capture unexpressed sorrow, its strong acting and story-telling make it a film that will haunt you.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

July 28, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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If we'd wanted a sermon, we'd have gone to church, thanks.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 28, 2010
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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O'Nan's shy, precarious performance keeps you with him to the edge of the abyss.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 27, 2010
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

Brothers covered similar territory, but there are plenty of stories to go around about young soldiers and their families in pain, and Williams touches on a few more.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

July 27, 2010
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