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The Dry Land Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
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
Prairie Miller
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.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 16, 2010
Very well-made and well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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
Cole Smithey
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-
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 30, 2010
It's impossible to watch the film and not realize that war is folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 30, 2010
Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
July 30, 2010
Well-intentioned, if unevenly executed.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Geoff Berkshire
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2010
Just another cost-of-war movie, you say? Yes, and that's exactly the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
July 28, 2010
If we'd wanted a sermon, we'd have gone to church, thanks.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 27, 2010
O'Nan's shy, precarious performance keeps you with him to the edge of the abyss.
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