Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
  2. Ultimately a hollow and pointless exercise.
  3. Embedded between all the sex and sunlight are some woefully underdeveloped ideas about American militarism and masculinity. Dumont doesn't bother to develop these ideas, principally because he seems to think it's enough to arrange his characters like puppets and tear off their heads.
  4. Alas, the plot eventually takes over, and it's exceptionally ugly and unpleasant.
  5. 10
    The "Humanite" director's Death Valley void is the real "Lost in Translation."
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    10
    Fails to captivate or intrigue at the most basic level.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AntonC.
    May 29, 2006
    9
    The only simile that suits all the attributes to this film is "as hell".
  2. ChadS.
    Feb 11, 2006
    7
    The central question surrounding "29 Palms" for me is if the final violent act would've occured independently of the nod to The central question surrounding "29 Palms" for me is if the final violent act would've occured independently of the nod to "Deliverance". After all, why else would you be driving around the California desert? [***SPOILERS***] Maybe, just maybe, David was double-crossed by those men in the white truck. If you believe he was, the scene in which David boots Katerina out of the motel room, post-b.j., gains a noir-ish edge. Maybe her paranoia about that passing car is an unconscious premonition. Unlike Catherine Breillart's "Fat Girl", filmmaker Bruno Dumont might be planting clues under our noses. Full Review »