In Dubious Battle Reviews

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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
September 2, 2016
It's just a shame that Franco's dreams and ideas for this film weren't as big as those of his protagonists.
September 2, 2016
Too respectful by half of its source material, it gets bogged down, alongside the strike it depicts, in this overlong film's second hour.