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The Dry Land Reviews

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August 10, 2016
...[captures] the desolation of the high desert country and an excellent score by Dean Parks and a nice selection of pre-existing songs helps to place this story in a very specific time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 14, 2010
This typical covert censorship in war movies is so conventional and prevalent by now, that there's an actual office in existence called the US Army Entertainment Industry Liaison. Indeed, authenticity when it comes to locations and props, has its price.
September 16, 2010
Very well-made and well-acted.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2010
A strong first film, and with a better-honed script, Williams should prove to be a director to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 9, 2010
A very familiar Stateside war drama -- narratively, the film just goads when it's convenient and shrinks when it suits its purposes, never feeling like an honest exploration of its characters' problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2010
O'Nan's star making performance manages to hold things together even when the script threatens to tear them apart, while the emotional center of the picture rings with a moving truthfulness that can't help but hit close to home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2010
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Ryan Piers Williams's gloomy post Afghan/Iraq war drama is that there aren't more such coming-home movies being made by upstart filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 30, 2010
Williams and Ferrera emphasize the heartache of coming home in their Iraq War drama The Dry Land, and the result is a worthy family melodrama for the Iraq War generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2010
It's impossible to watch the film and not realize that war is folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2010
Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 30, 2010
Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2010
Well-intentioned, if unevenly executed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2010
Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 29, 2010
A moving drama about an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD and the soul loss he experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2010
So is there a middle ground between supporting the troops but not condoning them? The military certainly hopes not. Which makes the film, however compassionate, a bitter pill to swallow. Or as they prescribe for whatever ails destroyed vets - Take a pill.
July 29, 2010
'The Dry Land' is appropriately slow low-key, in keeping with the war hero's bewildered face even in stress or violence.
July 29, 2010
The PTSD subject matter already feels worked over and [Ryan Piers] Williams doesn't find a new or memorable approach to take it to another level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 28, 2010
Just another cost-of-war movie, you say? Yes, and that's exactly the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 28, 2010
Reminiscent of The Messenger in its ability to capture unexpressed sorrow, its strong acting and story-telling make it a film that will haunt you.
July 28, 2010
If we'd wanted a sermon, we'd have gone to church, thanks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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