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In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2008
Jones's performance is quiet, intense, and stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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.
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
February 28, 2008
It is extraordinary that a film this muted could resonate with a message this strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 27, 2008
This is a beautiful film hiding the terrible truth that is the horror of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
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
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
January 24, 2008
A sombre condemnation of US foreign policy, wrapped in an absorbing whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
January 24, 2008
Powerful, downbeat drama with an anti-war message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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