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  • Summary: Based on the acclaimed short-story collection by celebrated Mississippi writer Larry Brown, Big Bad Love is a tale of Viet Nam veteran Barlow (Howard) struggling to make fiction from his past, his dreams, and the dim sound of the future bearing down on him. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Brave and admirable for the trust that it puts in a viewer's intuition and willingness in going along with it right through to its rewarding finish.
  2. It's an impressive movie, pointing to Howard as a promising new director.
  3. 70
    It's made with an accurate and loving, but also wary and squinty-eyed, view of the South. If only the movie hung together better overall.
  4. The cast is so oddly interesting you wish you could see them doing something less wasteful
  5. 50
    It all comes down to whether you can tolerate Leon Barlow. I can't. Big Bad Love can, and is filled with characters who love and accept him, even though he is a full-time, gold-plated pain in the can.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    I don't know if Howard had fun directing, writing, and starring in this thing; but he had to have gotten more masochistic pleasure out of it than the audience does.
  7. If the point of this umpteenth posttraumatic stress drama is that war is hell, even years after it's over and you're sitting in a movie theater, Big Bad Love makes it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BradS.
    Jun 21, 2006
    9
    This is a movie I can't stop coming back to. It's passionate and poetic - a gem that slipped through the cracks. Big Bad Love is a work of art as much as a movie whcih critics just didin't get. Expand

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