In the Valley of Elah (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Valley of Elah (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.

Movie Info

"In the Valley of Elah" tells the story of a war veteran, his wife and the search for their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has mysteriously gone missing, and the police detective who helps in the investigation.more
Rating: R (for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Haggis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
Box Office: $6.6M
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


Tommy Lee Jones
as Hank Deerfield
Charlize Theron
as Det. Emily Sanders
Jason Patric
as Lt. Kirklander
Susan Sarandon
as Joan Deerfield
James Franco
as Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Barry Corbin
as Arnold Bickman
Josh Brolin
as Chief Buchwald
Wes Chatham
as Cpl. Steve Penning
Jake McLaughlin
as Spc. Gordon Bonner
Mehcad Brooks
as Spc. Ennis Long
Jonathan Tucker
as Mike Deerfield
Wayne Duvall
as Detective Nugent
Victor Wolf
as Private Robert Ortiz
Chris Browning
as Checker Box Bartende...
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Critic Reviews for In the Valley of Elah

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (45)

It's a testament to "Elah's" stoicism that the heartbreak at how dishonesty undoes decades of dignity pierces without ever patronizing. It's an unforgettable, angry film that understands several simple thank-yous can trump eruptive, emotive speeches.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

In the Valley of Elah is a powerful, emotional indictment of what contemporary war can do to young men. It is a potent moral tale. This is not your father's war.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Jones's performance is quiet, intense, and stunning.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Un drama detectivesco conmovedor que termina siendo un alegato contra la guerra más contundente que cualquier discurso pacifista.

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Uruguay Total

Regardless of which side of the political fence one sits on, 'In the Valley of Elah''s power can't be denied and the strong acting must be appreciated.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
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Audience Reviews for In the Valley of Elah



Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Not bad. From the cover, I expected a war movie, and didn't think I would be able to sit through it, but actually it was more of a mystery story, dealing with a father searching for his missing soldier son.
Though initially I found the ending anti climatic and vague, the more I thought about it and how the effects of war must warp your mind , I came to respect what they were trying to say here.
Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron are both outstanding here.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A fairly decent film with a great performance from Theron, however I just wasn't too bothered about what happened. I couldn't really empathise with Hank as much as I would have liked and was just waiting for it to be over really. I didn't feel there was much mystery and it just didn't affect me.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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