In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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November 3, 2019
An intriguing eloquent textured tapestry.
June 5, 2019
Tommy Lee Jones gives an extraordinary, brilliantly understated performance.
December 31, 2018
Filmmaker Haggis does an effective job of cultivating an impressively engrossing atmosphere right from the outset...
November 18, 2011
September 24, 2010
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.
August 27, 2009
Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators
February 2, 2009
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.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
August 25, 2008
Jones's performance is quiet, intense, and stunning.
June 26, 2008
Un drama detectivesco conmovedor que termina siendo un alegato contra la guerra más contundente que cualquier discurso pacifista.
March 3, 2008
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.
March 3, 2008
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.
February 28, 2008
It is extraordinary that a film this muted could resonate with a message this strong.
February 27, 2008
This is a beautiful film hiding the terrible truth that is the horror of war.
February 26, 2008
[Jones] makes the father's pride, determination, stubbornness, patriotism, and love extremely, utterly believable, sympathetic, and involving.
February 23, 2008
Will hopefully be appreciated years from now when the Iraq war is looked upon by many as a war that revealed to its citizens what America has truly become...
February 21, 2008
It's Tommy Lee Jones' film: he produces a stiff ex-soldier whose clipped speech and manner hide a seething mass of apprehension and guilt.
February 15, 2008
...a good mystery, with some thought-provoking observations on the effects of war on the hearts and minds of its participants.
January 24, 2008
Where Lions For Lambs stumbled, Haggis' latest succeeds in putting dramatic form to the disquiet over US policy. Tommy Lee Jones' performance, meanwhile, is impressive enough to make him a decent bet in this year's Oscar race.
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