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Badland Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 27, 2007
Badland practically begs 'For Your Consideration' without the substance to justify its awards-season epic length.
Kam Williams
November 29, 2007
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 30, 2007
The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 9, 2007
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
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Robert Koehler
November 30, 2007
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 30, 2007
Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 7, 2007
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
Jay Antani
Boxoffice Magazine
November 30, 2007
Offensive to all and on every level, Badland tops the landfill of this year's worst.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 30, 2007
When the picture gets around to its calculated socko ending, the viewer has long been pummeled into a state of numbness.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 30, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
December 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dave White
November 30, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: F

Slant Magazine
December 1, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
November 30, 2007
The mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film Badland is independent in scale but aggressively Hollywood in storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 3, 2007
Badland takes a step in the right direction by attempting to understand the aftermath of war.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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