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. Badland's only commercial potential lies in the possibility that people may confuse it for Terrence Malick's incomparable "Badlands."
  2. It unflinchingly illuminates the toll exacted by the Iraq War in a raw, deeply personal and completely compelling manner.
  3. Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.
  4. 12
    The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Says many things at once without much perspective or clarity.
  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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