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In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
It's a testament to "Elah's" stoicism that the heartbreak at how dishonesty undoes decades of dignity pierces without ever patronizing. It's an unforgettable, angry film that understands several simple thank-yous can trump eruptive, emotive speeches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
In the Valley of Elah is a powerful, emotional indictment of what contemporary war can do to young men. It is a potent moral tale. This is not your father's war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Heather Huntington
August 25, 2008
Jones's performance is quiet, intense, and stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 26, 2008
Un drama detectivesco conmovedor que termina siendo un alegato contra la guerra más contundente que cualquier discurso pacifista.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 3, 2008
Regardless of which side of the political fence one sits on, 'In the Valley of Elah''s power can't be denied and the strong acting must be appreciated.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
It's a quality film, but all the truly emotional moments come from watching and listening to the soldiers, which doesn't really happen until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
It is extraordinary that a film this muted could resonate with a message this strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Parker
FILMINK (Australia)
February 27, 2008
This is a beautiful film hiding the terrible truth that is the horror of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 26, 2008
[Jones] makes the father's pride, determination, stubbornness, patriotism, and love extremely, utterly believable, sympathetic, and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2008
Will hopefully be appreciated years from now when the Iraq war is looked upon by many as a war that revealed to its citizens what America has truly become...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2008
It's Tommy Lee Jones' film: he produces a stiff ex-soldier whose clipped speech and manner hide a seething mass of apprehension and guilt.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 15, 2008
...a good mystery, with some thought-provoking observations on the effects of war on the hearts and minds of its participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 24, 2008
Where Lions For Lambs stumbled, Haggis' latest succeeds in putting dramatic form to the disquiet over US policy. Tommy Lee Jones' performance, meanwhile, is impressive enough to make him a decent bet in this year's Oscar race.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 24, 2008
A sombre condemnation of US foreign policy, wrapped in an absorbing whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
January 24, 2008
Jones' Oscar-nominated performance is impeccably judged. His low-key turn as a man forced to question everything from the kind of father he was to the nature of the country he fought for could be the contender to give Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
January 24, 2008
A powerful, imperfect drama let down by the playground polemic of a country still sending its children to be slaughtered overseas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
January 24, 2008
Powerful, downbeat drama with an anti-war message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
January 24, 2008
Tense, powerful and considerably less crass than Crash, Elah may be jammed with ideas that don't all connect, but Jones' devastating performance makes this a compassionate and very human look at the Iraq conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 19, 2007
While you sometimes feel its length, stick with it--its in its layers that the movie comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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