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In Country Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 7, 2013
Jewison manipulates the audience's familiarity with this national monument to achieve the kind of dramatic pitch that the characters themselves could not attain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2013
Unfortunately, the last half-hour slides into the weepiest sort of sentimentality.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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TIME Magazine
September 16, 2009
Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done.

TV Guide
September 16, 2009
Lloyd, though technically adept, doesn't really get under her conflicted character's skin; the supporting actors (including Willis) are the film's greatest strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 16, 2009
Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 16, 2006
Gripping performances save this post-Vietnam drama
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Jewison's post-Vietnam movie concentrates on bereavement, with the consequence that it's decent but dull.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
A profoundly moving tearjerker about the festering wounds caused by the Vietnam War in middle America. A young Emily Lloyd is absolutely wonderful.
| Original Score: 5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 27, 2005
Willis is brilliant as a 'Nam veteran
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
July 30, 2004
An overlooked and underrated drama with Willis giving one of his finest performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A powerful drama about one American family's attempt to release the grief and pain caused by the Vietnam war

Film4
May 24, 2003
Jewison manages to save up all the emotion for the charged conclusion at the Vietnam memorial in Washington, but it's a case of too little, too late.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In Country means to capture the deep tragedy at the center of pedestrian lives. Instead, it becomes a pedestrian film.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
With uncanny skill, Willis finds the frightened kid hiding behind Emmett's detached stare. He gives a dynamite performance, both touching and haunting.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is like a time bomb. You sit there, interested, absorbed, sometimes amused, sometimes moved, but wondering in the back of your mind what all of this is going to add up to. Then you find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though Bruce Willis has top billing as a troubled Vietnam veteran, British whizbang Emily Lloyd virtually squeezes him off the screen as his live-in niece, whose soldier father died before she was born.
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