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  • Summary: A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy, and addiction, Iowa follows two young lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business -- cooking their own methamphetamine -- only to watch it burn a jagged hole in their lives. (Full Fathom 5)

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
  2. 50
    If it were possible for an entire state to sue for defamation of character, Iowa might have a strong case against writer, director and star Matt Farnsworth.
  3. 40
    As the downward spiral continues, "drugs are evil" is pounded into our heads again and again until numbness sets in; in this case, even a touch of subtlety would have sent a more powerful and lasting message.
  4. A flashy-looking low-budget indie about drugs, love and crime in small-town Iowa. But, speaking as an ex-small-town Midwesterner, I found it hard to buy.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    Just because the filmmakers have their roots in the Midwest doesn't give them a pass when it comes to their stereotypical rendition of small-town people and ways, chock-a-block with sadistic cops, shotgun-toting locals, and strippers from up in Des Moines.
  6. 30
    Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.
  7. A story of miserable people leading miserable lives, Iowa is a sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant "cautionary tale."

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