Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Reviews

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February 10, 2017
A film that's as clunky as its title.
February 10, 2017
The film has neither topical immediacy nor any real historical perspective and, burdened with pedantic and predictable flashbacks, it finally leads nowhere interesting at all.
February 9, 2017
A unique, hyper-real whatsit that should be seen the way it was shot.
Top Critic
November 19, 2016
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 18, 2016
[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
Everything feels stilted and strangely flat.
November 17, 2016
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
Beyond a few shining moments, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a bit of a trudge.
November 17, 2016
For a movie about the aftershocks of battle, Billy Lynn feels curiously tranquil.
November 17, 2016
An interesting story buoyed by good acting that feels - and this is a lazy word but the appropriate one - weird.
November 17, 2016
This halftime walk is more like a long slog.
November 17, 2016
The movie doesn't really work. The script is all too faithful to Fountain's florid brand of not-quite-human poetry. The thesis lines thud into place.
November 17, 2016
Lee might be a pioneer, but what good is that when he leaves his story behind?
November 17, 2016
Ang Lee's unprecedented use of digital technology makes for a hyperreal immersion into the mind of a traumatized soldier.
November 17, 2016
A gifted director ruining a good book by literalizing what a writer made us visualize for ourselves.
November 17, 2016
[Suffers from an] uneven tone, inelegant editing, and scattered narrative.
November 17, 2016
Director Ang Lee has taken the very internal novel by Dallas author Ben Fountain - a work that tries to get into the head of an Iraq War soldier -- and opened it up into a surprisingly effective meditation on a soldier's homefront experience.
November 17, 2016
Overheated, existential melodrama or cool, sharp-edged satire? Despite his genius as a filmmaker, Lee simply can't give us both at the same time.
November 17, 2016
The acting and script are so strong that the picture is an outstanding achievement even in the 2D version that most people will see.
November 16, 2016
Without 3D, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" feels like a neutered movie: Watching it, you're constantly wondering what it would have looked like the way Lee intended.
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