• R, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Haggis
    In Theaters:
    Sep 28, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 19, 2008
  • Warner Independent Pictures

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In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 2, 2009
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

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

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 7/10

August 25, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

June 26, 2008
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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 Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 3, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

It's a quality film, but all the truly emotional moments come from watching and listening to the soldiers, which doesn't really happen until the very end.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 7/10

March 3, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

It is extraordinary that a film this muted could resonate with a message this strong.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 8/10

February 28, 2008
Laura Parker
FILMINK (Australia)

This is a beautiful film hiding the terrible truth that is the horror of war.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2008
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

[Jones] makes the father's pride, determination, stubbornness, patriotism, and love extremely, utterly believable, sympathetic, and involving.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

February 26, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Will hopefully be appreciated years from now when the Iraq war is looked upon by many as a war that revealed to its citizens what America has truly become...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It's Tommy Lee Jones' film: he produces a stiff ex-soldier whose clipped speech and manner hide a seething mass of apprehension and guilt.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 21, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a good mystery, with some thought-provoking observations on the effects of war on the hearts and minds of its participants.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

February 15, 2008
Neil Smith
Total Film

Where Lions For Lambs stumbled, Haggis' latest succeeds in putting dramatic form to the disquiet over US policy. Tommy Lee Jones' performance, meanwhile, is impressive enough to make him a decent bet in this year's Oscar race.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

A sombre condemnation of US foreign policy, wrapped in an absorbing whodunit.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2008
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Jones' Oscar-nominated performance is impeccably judged. His low-key turn as a man forced to question everything from the kind of father he was to the nature of the country he fought for could be the contender to give Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2008
Matt Glasby
Film4

A powerful, imperfect drama let down by the playground polemic of a country still sending its children to be slaughtered overseas.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 24, 2008
Neil Smith
BBC.com

Powerful, downbeat drama with an anti-war message.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2008
William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Tense, powerful and considerably less crass than Crash, Elah may be jammed with ideas that don't all connect, but Jones' devastating performance makes this a compassionate and very human look at the Iraq conflict.

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

January 24, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

While you sometimes feel its length, stick with it--its in its layers that the movie comes alive.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2007
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