Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Says many things at once without much perspective or clarity.
  2. Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.
  3. 12
    The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.
  4. Badland's only commercial potential lies in the possibility that people may confuse it for Terrence Malick's incomparable "Badlands."
  5. It unflinchingly illuminates the toll exacted by the Iraq War in a raw, deeply personal and completely compelling manner.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    A strenuously solemn film that wants to create some kind of American pastoral tragedy out of the nation's current angst with the war.
  8. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    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.

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