In Country
In Country (1989)

Bobbie Ann Mason's novel is the source of this Norman Jewison drama about a traumatized Vietnam vet (Bruce Willis) who must take care of his orphaned niece (Emily Lloyd).

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Consensus: With a slow build to a dramatic conclusion, In Country benefits largely from its strong acting, particularly by Emily Lloyd in the lead role.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

There's a decency about this movie that's almost palpable. It's not trying to pump us up with false jingoism or the sins of the past. Jewison, a Canadian, probably approaches the entire subject with a mediatory mood.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

This is no tribute to the war dead, but an unthinking betrayal of them -- they've been drafted again, this time to supply a climax to a second-rate tearjerker.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Jewison manipulates the audience's familiarity with this national monument to achieve the kind of dramatic pitch that the characters themselves could not attain.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

In essence, In Country is a well-turned variation on the quest to find a father that shows up in the folk tales of almost any culture.

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TIME Magazine

Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Unfortunately, the last half-hour slides into the weepiest sort of sentimentality.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The scene at the memorial is one of the film's best, but director Jewison fails to find in it anything close to the level of emotional force that the same scene in Mason's book has.

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Variety Staff

Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lloyd, though technically adept, doesn't really get under her conflicted character's skin; the supporting actors (including Willis) are the film's greatest strength.

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