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  • Summary: Loosely based on the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of 1958, Terrence Malick's debut features follows outlaws Kit and Holly from Fort Dupre, South Dakota to the badlands of Montana.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2013
    100
    An unmissable, transcendentally beautiful classic. [28 Aug. 1998]
  2. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Mar 3, 2013
    100
    One may legitimately debate the validity of Malick's vision, but not, I think, his immense talent. Badlands is a most important and exciting film.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Mar 5, 2013
    100
    Badlands is a unique American fairy tale...and it's an impressive debut.
  4. Reviewed by:  Rob Fraser
    Mar 3, 2013
    100
    Achingly evocative of a time when Hollywood had the courage to invest in complex and morally ambiguous films and an indisputable masterpiece of American cinema. [26 May 2003]
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Mar 4, 2013
    100
    Badlands is about a landscape as much as the couple fleeing across it. Watching it, you sense that Malick finds his outlaw lovers beautiful and terrible, pathetic and monstrous, funny and overwhelmingly sad. [27 March 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Mar 4, 2013
    100
    A film so rich in ideas it hardly knows where to turn. Transcendent themes of love and death are fused with a pop-culture sensibility and played out against a midwestern background, which is breathtaking both in its sweep and in its banality.
  7. Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    Mar 5, 2013
    30
    There's a basic flaw in Malick's method: he has perceived the movie--he's done our work instead of his. In place of people and action, with metaphor rising out of the story, he gives us a surface that is all conscious metaphor. Badlands is so preconceived that there's nothing left to respond to. [18 March 1974, p.135]

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  1. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    Great movie, with amazing performances Expand

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