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With a slow build to a dramatic conclusion, In Country benefits largely from its strong acting, particularly by Emily Lloyd in the lead role. Read critic reviews

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Samantha Hughes (Emily Lloyd) lives with her uncle, Emmett Smith (Bruce Willis), in a small Kentucky town. After her high school graduation, she decides not to join her mother, Irene (Joan Allen), in Lexington, but instead stays with Emmett, whose mental and physical health have been affected by his experiences in the Vietnam War. Samantha's father, Dwayne (Daniel Jenkins), died in Vietnam before she was born, and she hopes to learn more about him from her traumatized uncle.

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Critic Reviews for In Country

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  • There's a decency about this movie that's almost palpable. It's not trying to pump us up with false jingoism or the sins of the past. Jewison, a Canadian, probably approaches the entire subject with a mediatory mood.

    May 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In essence, In Country is a well-turned variation on the quest to find a father that shows up in the folk tales of almost any culture.

    May 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The scene at the memorial is one of the film's best, but director Jewison fails to find in it anything close to the level of emotional force that the same scene in Mason's book has.

    May 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is no tribute to the war dead, but an unthinking betrayal of them -- they've been drafted again, this time to supply a climax to a second-rate tearjerker.

    May 7, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done.

    September 16, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater.

    September 16, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 08, 2015
    Not particularly good. Not the worst film, and to be honest, the last few minutes of this when they visit the Vietnam memorial are great. However, the rest of the movie feels really disjointed and confused. If the director was trying to do this deliberately to try and capture the characters' emotions, I would understand and appreciate it. But it's not done deliberately, it's just clumsy as hell. That being said, this is far from the worst war movie out there, it's just nothing special.
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