The Dry Land
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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 (America Ferrera), and best friend, Michael (Jason Ritter). However, his homecoming party is awkward and it's clear James is not the same as he was before he left. Sara's father, David (Benito Martinez), arranges for James to get a job working beside Michael at a meat processing plant, but when an argument with a co-worker turn violent, James'… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"It's impossible to watch the film and not realize that war is folly."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Well-intentioned, if unevenly executed."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, Reelrave
"A very familiar Stateside war drama -- narratively, the film just goads when it's convenient and shrinks when it suits its purposes, never feeling like an honest exploration of its characters' problems."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"A moving drama about an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD and the soul loss he experiences."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Very well-made and well-acted."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Perhaps the most surprising thing about Ryan Piers Williams's gloomy post Afghan/Iraq war drama is that there aren't more such coming-home movies being made by upstart filmmakers."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"So is there a middle ground between supporting the troops but not condoning them? The military certainly hopes not. Which makes the film, however compassionate, a bitter pill to swallow. Or as they prescribe for whatever ails destroyed vets - Take a pill."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Just another cost-of-war movie, you say? Yes, and that's exactly the point."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A strong first film, and with a better-honed script, Williams should prove to be a director to watch."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Williams and Ferrera emphasize the heartache of coming home in their Iraq War drama The Dry Land, and the result is a worthy family melodrama for the Iraq War generation."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"'The Dry Land' is appropriately slow low-key, in keeping with the war hero's bewildered face even in stress or violence."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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