Big Bad Love
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Actor Arliss Howard made his debut as a director with this emotional drama adapted from a handful of short stories by Larry Brown. Barlow (Arliss Howard) is a deeply troubled Vietnam veteran who has been chasing a career as a writer, with little success; when he isn't struggling with his typewriter, he's usually drinking, and his wild mood swings and alcoholic fits of rage have driven away his wife Marilyn (Debra Winger), who has taken their son Alan (Zach Moody) and daughter Alisha (Olivia Kersey) with her. Barlow would like to see his children, but Marilyn refuses to allow it until… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"A mess, but it's a sincere mess."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"The movie is obviously a labour of love so Howard appears to have had free rein to be as pretentious as he wanted."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This ambitious drama about a Vietnam vet trying to create fiction out of his troubled life and former marriage (to Debra Winger) is messy, rambling, and overlong."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ultimately a failed actor's piece..."
‑ Keith Uhlich, ToxicUniverse.com
"The worst kind of independent; the one where actors play dress down hicks and ponderously mope around trying to strike lightning as captured by their 1970s predecessors"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"Though you couldn't call Love a complete success, it's packed with talent and intelligence, wayward poetry and bluesy longing."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A rough, uneven but admirably imaginative film."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Makes you wish you'd stayed at home with a book -- preferably one of Larry Brown's."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"Offhand, if you'd like to see some great imagery about writing, then you should by all means rent this and skip to the good parts."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"The movie's best asset is Howard's filmmaking."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A movie that can't get sufficient distance from Leroy's delusions to escape their maudlin influence."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"While Howard's appreciation of Brown and his writing is clearly well-meaning and sincere, the movie would be impossible to sit through were it not for the supporting cast."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The very definition of what critics have come to term an "ambitious failure.""
‑ David Nusair, Apollo Guide
"A flawed effort at best, but intriguing nonetheless."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's a drawling, slobbering, lovable run-on sentence of a film, a Southern Gothic with the emotional arc of its raw blues soundtrack."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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