Badlands
Badlands (1974)

"He wanted to die with me and I dreamed of being lost forever in his arms." A young couple goes on a Midwest crime spree in Terrence Malick's hypnotically assured debut feature, based on the 1950s Starkweather-Fugate murders.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terrence Malick's debut is a masterful slice of American cinema, rife with the visual poetry and measured performances that would characterize his work.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

In the fall of 1973, one could see signposts of cinema's future in Mean Streets and The Exorcist, yet with this youthful pair of proto-indie dreamers, Malick was paving a whole new road. It turned out to be the path most traveled.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Written, produced and directed by Terrence Malick, pic is his first feature and it's an impressive debut.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

The movie is just as free, experimental, and unsure of itself as its main characters are, and thus fits like a glove.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Days of Heaven put Terrence Malick's intuitions into cogent form, but this is where his art begins.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

This tender treatment does nothing to alleviate the horror of the atrocities committed.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

This first, magnificent, outpouring of the sporadic genius of cinema's equivalent to JD Salinger, Terrence Malick, still seems terrifically modern.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick's self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in '50s Americana. The film's razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique.

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

It's a testament to Bruce Greenwood's acting that Adan never becomes entirely as insufferable as the words that come out of his mouth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Terrence Malick's stunning debut feature Badlands ranks among his finest works. Featuring brilliant performances by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, who have… More
danny d
the intrigue is in the details. the film, like all malick films, is heightened by incredible images, and subtle moments that define the actions of the… More
Chris Weber
This is the wonderful and fascinating debut film of one of the most interesting and talented, yet secretive and least prolific filmmakers out there, Terrence… More
Daniel Perry
A unique film, in its time, as a completely amoral take on a serial killer, an approach that has oft been imitated since. But this isn't a film "about… More
Cameron Sherwell
Based loosely on the 1957/8 Charles Starkweather and Carol Ann Fugate spree killings, Badlands (1973), is Terrence Malick's outstanding début feature about… More
Dan Schultz
A beautiful, disturbing romanticized version of violence run amok against the beautiful landscape of the 1950's midwest, where a lowlife (Martin Sheen)… More

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