In Dubious Battle Reviews

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September 5, 2018
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.
June 20, 2017
It's one of those flawed films you watch for its formidable cast.
February 25, 2017
Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, "In Dubious Battle" is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day
February 24, 2017
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.
February 24, 2017
... shares the same feisty and resilient attitude as its characters, and also shares the ability to be admired more for effort than execution.
February 23, 2017
A band of fruit pickers struggle with hopelessness and keeping their souls alive during a strike.
February 17, 2017
Rarely has such star wattage resulted in a film so dull.
February 17, 2017
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.
February 17, 2017
A dubious film based on a dubious novel.
February 17, 2017
In Dubious Battle will likely slip by without anybody paying it much mind, and that's a shame. It deserves better than that, especially with the progression it shows in Franco as a director.
February 16, 2017
At least it means well.
February 16, 2017
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.
February 16, 2017
Plays like imitation Oscar bait done on the cheap.
February 16, 2017
I still hold out hope that one day James Franco will direct a genuinely good movie, but sadly, In Dubious Battle is not it.
February 16, 2017
A faithfully earnest rendering of John Steinbeck's classic Great Depression tale.
February 15, 2017
A John Steinbeck adaptation so conventionally dismal that it makes one better appreciate the artsy, dawdling garbage that is the actor turned dilettante's usual stock in trade.
February 14, 2017
This is ultimately just so heavy-footed and stodgy, with each performance punched out on a single, earnest, unvarying note.
February 13, 2017
Bits of editorializing dialogue throughout James Franco's In Dubious Battle suggest the resonant film that might've been.
January 31, 2017
Impressive Steinbeck adaptation let down a bit by the younger leads.
September 3, 2016
"In Dubious Battle" marks an embrace of a kind of anonymous, fuddy-duddy traditionalist approach. In short, it's maybe James Franco's best-crafted film to date, and also maybe his dullest.
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