In the Valley of Elah Reviews

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November 18, 2011
January 24, 2008
Jones' Oscar-nominated performance is impeccably judged. His low-key turn as a man forced to question everything from the kind of father he was to the nature of the country he fought for could be the contender to give Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money.
January 24, 2008
Powerful, downbeat drama with an anti-war message.
January 18, 2008
September 26, 2007
This is Jones' show and he makes you feel a father's fear and loss in ways that are subtly heartbreaking, never melodramatic.
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
In the Valley of Elah is another in a long line of great Tommy Lee Jones performances.
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
There should be enough gut-troubling truth to In the Valley of Elah to make it transcend political squabbling.
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
In the Valley of Elah is an endorsement of doubt, a demand for questioning, wrapped in a package anyone can buy.
September 21, 2007
In his first solo outing since the Oscar-winning Crash, writer-director Paul Haggis falls into a familiar trap, where his lofty social theme fights its own battle against the forces of artifice and contrivance.
September 21, 2007
Paul Haggis' earnest and eloquent film about the impact of the war in Iraq on U.S. soldiers, and by extension, their nation, is human-scaled. And as deep and harrowed as Jones' crevassed face.
September 20, 2007
In the Valley of Elah rises and falls on the strength of Tommy Lee Jones' performance, which is to say that it rises to great heights, indeed.
September 20, 2007
Elah uses a slightly plodding police procedural format as an opening to a discussion about the effect the war is having on returning soldiers. It's a lot to ask of one movie.
September 20, 2007
The haunting, heart-piercing Elah isn't perfect. It's something better: essential.
September 18, 2007
The performances are amazing here.
September 17, 2007
This is a sad, subtle and very good movie, designed not so much to make you think, but to make you feel the impact of large events on little lives.
September 17, 2007
[Jones] gives a great, selfless, and heartbreaking performance that completely dominates this elusive but powerful movie.
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