In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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August 27, 2009
Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators
October 18, 2008
January 18, 2008
October 14, 2007
Excellent turns cannot make this plodding package any more of a bludgeoning chore to sit through.
October 13, 2007
It's harder to tell if In the Valley of Elah is critical of the war in Iraq or what America itself has become.
October 11, 2007
Despite an Oscar-worthy, compelling performance by Tommy Lee Jones, Haggis' anti-war film ... overplays its hand.
October 7, 2007
Haggis' canvas leaves nary an impression on the heart or mind.
September 30, 2007
Postwar is hell!
September 28, 2007
This movie feels, stilted, long and boring. But it's also at times engaging, worth seeing for Jones' Oscar quality performance, not much else. If you like Million Dollar Baby you'll like this, it's almost the same film - in tone and direction.
September 27, 2007
...one of those near misses that have enough things going for it - like the performances of Jones and Theron - that you may be willing to forgive the films its flaws.
September 22, 2007
Roger Deakins' beautiful cinematography makes the film look professional, but it doesn't disguise the fact that Haggis isn't a particularly inspired or visual director.
September 22, 2007
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.
September 21, 2007
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.
September 21, 2007
[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.
September 21, 2007
Tommy Lee Jones gives such an amazingly nuanced, judicious, soulful and selfless performance as a military man distraught over the death of his soldier son in In the Valley of Elah that one can only wish it was in a movie that had the same virtues.
September 21, 2007
The movie Haggis made and the movie Elah could have been are as far apart as Washington, D.C., and Baghdad.
September 21, 2007
In the Valley of Elah is too inept and diffuse to be a howl against the war in Iraq. At best, it is a manly whimper.
September 21, 2007
Instead of a nice, clean movie about parental regret we're forced to suffer through an unnecessary biblical metaphor stretched way past its limits of applicability.
September 21, 2007
Haggis' premise becomes confused; he inadvertently seems to suggest that this war is wrong not because it was unjustified but because of its corrupting influence on its participants.
September 21, 2007
The movie wears each of (its) hot-button issues as casually as a runway model might sport the latest Hermes scarf. The topics are brought up, shown off and then, in most cases, replaced with something else.
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