In the Valley of Elah
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In the Valley of Elah
"In the Valley of Elah" tells the story of a war veteran, his wife and the search for their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has mysteriously gone missing, and the police detective who helps in the investigation.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is Jones' show and he makes you feel a father's fear and loss in ways that are subtly heartbreaking, never melodramatic."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"In the Valley of Elah is another in a long line of great Tommy Lee Jones performances."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's a testament to "Elah's" stoicism that the heartbreak at how dishonesty undoes decades of dignity pierces without ever patronizing. It's an unforgettable, angry film that understands several simple thank-yous can trump eruptive, emotive speeches."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Jones's performance is quiet, intense, and stunning."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"It's a quality film, but all the truly emotional moments come from watching and listening to the soldiers, which doesn't really happen until the very end."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"The movie isn't nearly as obvious or redundant as writer-director Paul Haggis's previous film, the Oscar-winning Crash, but it still feels like the work of someone trying too hard to enlighten you."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"[Haggis'] self-serious tone becomes wearisome, and he fails to explore how the military failed its men while clumsily laying a guilt trip at its feet."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Un drama detectivesco conmovedor que termina siendo un alegato contra la guerra más contundente que cualquier discurso pacifista."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"It is extraordinary that a film this muted could resonate with a message this strong."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"The failure to avoid pat answers and cheap grandstanding dogs Haggis here as surely as it did in the overrated Crash, and robs In the Valley of Elah of much of its power."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"There should be enough gut-troubling truth to In the Valley of Elah to make it transcend political squabbling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In the Valley of Elah is a powerful, emotional indictment of what contemporary war can do to young men. It is a potent moral tale. This is not your father's war."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Regardless of which side of the political fence one sits on, 'In the Valley of Elah''s power can't be denied and the strong acting must be appreciated."
‑ Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This is a beautiful film hiding the terrible truth that is the horror of war."
‑ Laura Parker, FILMINK (Australia)
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