The Dry Land
The Dry Land (2010)

A soldier comes home from the war but can't find peace in his heart and mind in this independent drama. James (Ryan O'Nan) returns to his hometown in Texas after serving a long hitch in Iraq, and is warmly welcomed by his wife, Sara… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It's impossible to watch the film and not realize that war is folly.

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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News

Well-intentioned, if unevenly executed.

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Prairie Miller

This typical covert censorship in war movies is so conventional and prevalent by now, that there's an actual office in existence called the US Army Entertainment Industry Liaison. Indeed, authenticity when it comes to locations and props, has its price.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Very well-made and well-acted.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Just another cost-of-war movie, you say? Yes, and that's exactly the point.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A strong first film, and with a better-honed script, Williams should prove to be a director to watch.

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