In Dubious Battle
In Dubious Battle (2017)

Mac McLeod (James Franco) and Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff) arrive at a Depression-era fruit farm in California and begin to rally the workers to unionize for better working conditions. Franco directed this adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1936… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 17, 2017
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2017
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jude Dry
indieWire

Franco clearly enjoys playing the idealistic rabble rouser, and who wouldn't want to direct a movie so they could cast themselves as a charismatic radical? Unfortunately, watching someone else play make believe is only fun if you believe it yourself.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

At least it means well.

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Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

Perfectly paced and skillfully cast, "In Dubious Battle" is one of those small films that occasionally see the light of day

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Tricia Olszewski
TheWrap

Rarely has such star wattage resulted in a film so dull.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

Can't help but dispense with much of the book's moral and dramatic complexity, and along with it any real capacity for fresh insight or surprise.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... shares the same feisty and resilient attitude as its characters, and also shares the ability to be admired more for effort than execution.

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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

In Dubious Battle is monotonous in its messaging, working only when it allows itself to be a character piece less tied to Having Something to Say.

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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

A faithfully earnest rendering of John Steinbeck's classic Great Depression tale.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A band of fruit pickers struggle with hopelessness and keeping their souls alive during a strike.

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