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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Jewison manipulates the audience's familiarity with this national monument to achieve the kind of dramatic pitch that the characters themselves could not attain."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Gripping performances save this post-Vietnam drama"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"An overlooked and underrated drama with Willis giving one of his finest performances."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Unfortunately, the last half-hour slides into the weepiest sort of sentimentality."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A profoundly moving tearjerker about the festering wounds caused by the Vietnam War in middle America. A young Emily Lloyd is absolutely wonderful."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A powerful drama about one American family's attempt to release the grief and pain caused by the Vietnam war"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Willis is brilliant as a 'Nam veteran"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Jewison manages to save up all the emotion for the charged conclusion at the Vietnam memorial in Washington, but it's a case of too little, too late."
‑ , Film4
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