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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)



Critic Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.

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The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, has been hailed as a hero and brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the Iraq conflict with America's celebration back home.

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Joe Alwyn
as Billy
Vin Diesel
as Shroom
Steve Martin
as Norm Oglesby
as Lodis
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Billy's Mother
Bruce McKinnon
as Billy's Father
Laura Lundy Wheale
as Billy's Sister
Alexandra Bartee
as Cheerleader
Tommy McNulty
as Reporter
Markina Brown
as Reporter
Erin Moore
as Michelle
Dana Barrett
as Reporter
Richard Sherman
as Football Player
JJ Watt
as Football Player
Lee McLamb
as Billy's Nephew
Currin McLamb
as Billy's Nephew
Austin McLamb
as Billy's Nephew
Brad Mills
as Travis' Friend
David Ramsey
as Field Manager
Matthew R. Brady
as Stadium Security Guy
Holly Anne Morris
as Grateful/Anxious American
Andy Glen
as Grateful/Anxious American
Brandin Jenkins
as Grateful/Anxious American
Chesta Drake
as Grateful/Anxious American
Cooper Andrews
as Grateful/Anxious American
Fajer Kaisi
as Interpreter
Khalid Sadiki
as Iraqi Boy
Mbarek Ben Amr
as Iraqi Boy
Ayoub Bnini
as Iraqi Boy
Ayoub Smaili
as Iraqi Boy
Ismaili Alaoui
as Iraqi Daughter
Souad Chaoui
as Iraqi Daughter
Antonio Badrani
as Iraqi Father
Badia Obaid
as Iraqi Grandmother
Abdellah Sadiki
as Iraqi Sons
Lailli Kadiri
as Iraqi Mother
Mansour Badri
as Iraqi Uncle
Azim Ganem Rizk
as Hand-To-Hand Insurgent
Jay Peterson
as Rude Fan
Jay D. Kacho
as Norm's Exec
Zaydun Khalaf
as Shopkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (40)

Lee's use of High Frame Rate technology becomes a literal window into Billy Lynn's head. We're not supposed to feel comfortable.

November 19, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Lurches] from a grim family drama cursorily observed to a big and broad satire of the United States in the early 2000s before descending into the very kind of sentimental militarism it has parodied.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Everything feels stilted and strangely flat.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Ang Lee's heart may be in the right place with his Iraq War thumb-sucker Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, but his head is somewhere in the clouds.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Beyond a few shining moments, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a bit of a trudge.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

For a movie about the aftershocks of battle, Billy Lynn feels curiously tranquil.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a film I recommend if you have anyone in your life that is serving or has served in the military. While the writing is a bit basic and the acting isn't strong from many of the name actors, the film will provide you with more respect and perspective about your fellow citizens who dedicate their lives physically and emotionally for what they think is right. Jerry Jones might not be happy but I hate the Cowboys anyway, so who cares what he thinks? Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk will have you thinking a bit more and probably should encourage ways to support our armed forces in better ways than standing and clapping.

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

Super Reviewer


Not actively terrible, but nowhere near the introspective character study it seemed destined to be Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is an amalgamation of interesting ideas and endearing ambition that went wrong somewhere in the process of its creation. Helmed by auteur Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) the director has, for one reason or another, decided to make his latest endeavor the first film to ever be shot in 120 frames per second and in 4K 3D which is well over the standard 24 fps most movies are shot in. Add to this the fact Lee easily surpasses the last, failed effort of the higher frame rate variety in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it's a curious decision given the truth of the matter is that most audiences who choose to experience Billy Lynn will do so in traditional theater presentations given the set-up for such a an advanced display requires much more than most theaters are willing to budget for at the moment. And so, while it is admirable for Lee to want to push the boundaries of cinema and, at the very least, experiment so that later generations may build upon such experiments-watching Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in a traditional format because there are no resources to take advantage of how it is meant to be seen across the majority of the country only makes these choices made for the sake of the format that much more glaring. Lee is a master filmmaker and one of the most diverse auteurs in the game at the moment and for that it's impossible not respect his effort. Over the course of just his last three features the director has taken us from Woodstock in the summer of 1969 to being stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to us now joining him and the surviving members of Bravo Squad at the halftime show of a Dallas football game. This track record combined with the inherently deep and somewhat controversial subject matter made me more than eager to see what conclusions and ideas Lee came to with his film, but rather than any ideas, conclusions, or even narrative cohesion Lee seems to have paid more attention to how best his story could enhance his new format rather than the other way around. read the whole review at

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer

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