In the Valley of Elah
In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"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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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

This is Jones' show and he makes you feel a father's fear and loss in ways that are subtly heartbreaking, never melodramatic.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

In the Valley of Elah is another in a long line of great Tommy Lee Jones performances.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

[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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There should be enough gut-troubling truth to In the Valley of Elah to make it transcend political squabbling.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
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In the Valley of Elah is powerful drama film. Directed by Crash director Paul Haggis, In the Valley of Elah is a stunning drama film with a great cast of… More
Nicki Marie
Not bad. From the cover, I expected a war movie, and didn't think I would be able to sit through it, but actually it was more of a mystery story, dealing… More
Jens S.
Slow but really interesting investigation thriller about a father who's son goes missing only days after his return from the war in Iraq. Tommy Lee Jones… More
Sophie Burgess
A fairly decent film with a great performance from Theron, however I just wasn't too bothered about what happened. I couldn't really empathise with… More
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