Badland (2007)

Jerry is a Marine reservist who was a young patriot and idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he is called up for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, Jerry is a father of three; older and embittered by a life besieged by… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

The mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film Badland is independent in scale but aggressively Hollywood in storytelling.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Expertly constructed and beautifully photographed, Badland easily sustains its 160-minute running time, and the portrayals of Draven, a British actor, and 9-year-old Fulton can stand alongside the year's best.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unrelentingly bleak and depressing drama about an Iraqi war veteran who is unable to deal with his rage.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.

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Robert Koehler

The raw material would seem to be in place for a strong, moving contemporary tragedy, but scene after endless scene fails to come to life.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Exploiting what it is supposed to renounce, Badland combines a dreadfully long and dull screenplay and extremely plain surroundings to make a well-meaning anti-war film you'll want to miss.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

When the picture gets around to its calculated socko ending, the viewer has long been pummeled into a state of numbness.

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Some good performances. But, the overall disturbing atmosphere of the film is more than I prefer. That said, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness of PTSD.

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