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Franco clearly enjoys playing the idealistic rabble rouser, and who wouldn't want to direct a movie so they could cast themselves as a charismatic radical? Unfortunately, watching someone else play make believe is only fun if you believe it yourself.
Rarely has such star wattage resulted in a film so dull.
In Dubious Battle is monotonous in its messaging, working only when it allows itself to be a character piece less tied to Having Something to Say.
At least it means well.
Can't help but dispense with much of the book's moral and dramatic complexity, and along with it any real capacity for fresh insight or surprise.
A faithfully earnest rendering of John Steinbeck's classic Great Depression tale.
Whether there are fights breaking out, children on fire, or sweeping passionate speeches there isn't a lot of time left for subtle human moments.
It's one of those flawed films you watch for its formidable cast.
Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, "In Dubious Battle" is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day
... shares the same feisty and resilient attitude as its characters, and also shares the ability to be admired more for effort than execution.
A band of fruit pickers struggle with hopelessness and keeping their souls alive during a strike.
A dubious film based on a dubious novel.
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