In Country Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 16, 2009
Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2013
Unfortunately, the last half-hour slides into the weepiest sort of sentimentality.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In Country means to capture the deep tragedy at the center of pedestrian lives. Instead, it becomes a pedestrian film.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2013
This is no tribute to the war dead, but an unthinking betrayal of them -- they've been drafted again, this time to supply a climax to a second-rate tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 7, 2013
Jewison manipulates the audience's familiarity with this national monument to achieve the kind of dramatic pitch that the characters themselves could not attain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
Jewison manages to save up all the emotion for the charged conclusion at the Vietnam memorial in Washington, but it's a case of too little, too late.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is like a time bomb. You sit there, interested, absorbed, sometimes amused, sometimes moved, but wondering in the back of your mind what all of this is going to add up to. Then you find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Like the Memorial itself, the film brings not so much understanding for the war veteran as a tribute to the veteran. That is not so ambitious a goal, but it is sufficient.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Jewison's post-Vietnam movie concentrates on bereavement, with the consequence that it's decent but dull.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
July 30, 2004
An overlooked and underrated drama with Willis giving one of his finest performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It is refreshing to see the bluster Willis shows as a leading man disappear when he takes smaller challenging roles such as this. Someday, a role like this could lead to more recognition of his immense acting ability.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A powerful drama about one American family's attempt to release the grief and pain caused by the Vietnam war
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
April 8, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
With uncanny skill, Willis finds the frightened kid hiding behind Emmett's detached stare. He gives a dynamite performance, both touching and haunting.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2013
There's a decency about this movie that's almost palpable. It's not trying to pump us up with false jingoism or the sins of the past. Jewison, a Canadian, probably approaches the entire subject with a mediatory mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 16, 2006
Gripping performances save this post-Vietnam drama
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
A profoundly moving tearjerker about the festering wounds caused by the Vietnam War in middle America. A young Emily Lloyd is absolutely wonderful.
| Original Score: 5/5
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