100

Empire

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]
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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]
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100

Total Film

Refracted through Holly’s naive, emotionally flat narration and Malick’s poetic visual style, this familiar tale is transformed into something strange and oddly beautiful. [29 Aug. 2008]
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100

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
An unmissable, transcendentally beautiful classic. [28 Aug. 1998]
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Badlands is one of the great banality-of-evil films. [29 May 1998, p.C9]
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
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.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie makes no attempt to psychoanalyze its Kit Carruthers, and there are no symbols to note or lessons to learn. What comes through more than anything is the enormous loneliness of the lives these two characters lived, together and apart.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone. [13 Feb. 1998]
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100

Variety

Badlands is a unique American fairy tale...and it's an impressive debut.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
For all its lazy beauty, the movie is rooted in the personalities of its lead characters and they, unfortunately, are bloodless, affectless, emotionless dopes who turn their considerable lack of scruples on the business of senseless killing, for which they seemingly have no remorse. [13 Feb. 1998]
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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