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Jerry is a Marine reservist who was a young patriot and idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he is called up for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, Jerry is a father of three; older and embittered by a life besieged by broken promises, and unfulfilled desires. Jerry returns a changed man, transformed by horrors committed that go beyond comprehension and sanity, pain inflicted that cannot be forgiven. He lives a life of poverty, his children afraid of his unexplained outbursts of rage, his wife, Nora, unsympathetic to the nosebleeds and night terrors he suffers. She hides… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"The mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film Badland is independent in scale but aggressively Hollywood in storytelling."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Expertly constructed and beautifully photographed, Badland easily sustains its 160-minute running time, and the portrayals of Draven, a British actor, and 9-year-old Fulton can stand alongside the year's best."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An unrelentingly bleak and depressing drama about an Iraqi war veteran who is unable to deal with his rage."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Badland takes a step in the right direction by attempting to understand the aftermath of war."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Offensive to all and on every level, Badland tops the landfill of this year's worst."
‑ Jay Antani, Boxoffice Magazine
"The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The raw material would seem to be in place for a strong, moving contemporary tragedy, but scene after endless scene fails to come to life."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Exploiting what it is supposed to renounce, Badland combines a dreadfully long and dull screenplay and extremely plain surroundings to make a well-meaning anti-war film you'll want to miss."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Until the mess in the Middle East has found its way to a resolution, we can continue to expect films like Badland as part of the collateral damage in the War on Terror."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"At least half the celluloid should have hit the editing room floor, since this one-trick road flick revolves around Jerry's constantly contemplating suicide and belatedly bonding with his daughter while eluding the authorities."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"When the picture gets around to its calculated socko ending, the viewer has long been pummeled into a state of numbness."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Some good performances. But, the overall disturbing atmosphere of the film is more than I prefer. That said, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness of PTSD."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Clocking in at just under three hours, writer-director Francesco Lucente's earnest attempt at making an Iraq War-era Coming Home says many things at once without much perspective or clarity."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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