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In Country Reviews

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
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
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
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
Top Critic
September 16, 2009
Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done.
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.
February 9, 2006
Jewison's post-Vietnam movie concentrates on bereavement, with the consequence that it's decent but dull.
May 20, 2003
In Country means to capture the deep tragedy at the center of pedestrian lives. Instead, it becomes a pedestrian film.
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.
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
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.