Big Bad Love
Big Bad Love (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A boozy depiction of a struggling writer, Big Bad Love is too messy and self-indulgent.

Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

A mess, but it's a sincere mess.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The movie is obviously a labour of love so Howard appears to have had free rein to be as pretentious as he wanted.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Though you couldn't call Love a complete success, it's packed with talent and intelligence, wayward poetry and bluesy longing.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A rough, uneven but admirably imaginative film.

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Jurgen Fauth

Makes you wish you'd stayed at home with a book -- preferably one of Larry Brown's.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A movie that can't get sufficient distance from Leroy's delusions to escape their maudlin influence.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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David Nusair
Apollo Guide

The very definition of what critics have come to term an "ambitious failure."

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Big Bad Love," Leon Barlow(Arliss Howard, who also directed and co-wrote) is an aspiring writer who tapes his rejection… More

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