Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9

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  1. It unflinchingly illuminates the toll exacted by the Iraq War in a raw, deeply personal and completely compelling manner.
  2. 63
    Says many things at once without much perspective or clarity.
  3. This overlong, mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film doesn’t just invite identification with its tragically unhinged character; it compels it, by piling on biblically horrible misfortunes, weepy confessions and editorializing music.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A strenuously solemn film that wants to create some kind of American pastoral tragedy out of the nation's current angst with the war.
  5. Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.
  6. 30
    Writer-director Francesco Lucente's overconfident, emotionally forced 160-minute opus offers trite antiwar platitudes--at best--in chronicling the anguished existence of a soldier who can't shake the horrors he experienced in Fallujah.
  7. Badland's only commercial potential lies in the possibility that people may confuse it for Terrence Malick's incomparable "Badlands."
  8. 12
    The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.

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