Big Bad Love Reviews

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August 7, 2008
April 12, 2006
This ambitious drama about a Vietnam vet trying to create fiction out of his troubled life and former marriage (to Debra Winger) is messy, rambling, and overlong.
October 16, 2003
Makes you wish you'd stayed at home with a book -- preferably one of Larry Brown's.
March 22, 2003
The very definition of what critics have come to term an "ambitious failure."
February 7, 2003
Ultimately a failed actor's piece...
November 25, 2002
Offhand, if you'd like to see some great imagery about writing, then you should by all means rent this and skip to the good parts.
October 21, 2002
A flawed effort at best, but intriguing nonetheless.
September 26, 2002
The worst kind of independent; the one where actors play dress down hicks and ponderously mope around trying to strike lightning as captured by their 1970s predecessors
September 26, 2002
The movie's best asset is Howard's filmmaking.
September 18, 2002
August 8, 2002
A mess, but it's a sincere mess.
August 8, 2002
It's a drawling, slobbering, lovable run-on sentence of a film, a Southern Gothic with the emotional arc of its raw blues soundtrack.
July 26, 2002
Its pleasures are ... sharp and not to everyone's taste
July 21, 2002
July 20, 2002
Though you couldn't call Love a complete success, it's packed with talent and intelligence, wayward poetry and bluesy longing.
July 11, 2002
It retains enough moments of twangy gallows humour, mostly courtesy of Paul Le Mat as Leon's corpulent drinking buddy, to keep the film from becoming a bludgeoning experience.
June 28, 2002
The look of the film is great, but the pace and artsy flourishes throughout make this one the strange combination of boring and bizarre.
June 22, 2002
You can see where Big Bad Love is trying to go, but it never quite gets there.
June 21, 2002
A movie that can't get sufficient distance from Leroy's delusions to escape their maudlin influence.
June 21, 2002
The movie is obviously a labour of love so Howard appears to have had free rein to be as pretentious as he wanted.
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