Badlands (1973) Synopsis
A teen girl (Sissy Spacek) joins a garbageman (Martin Sheen) on a South Dakota killing spree.
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Empire

Achingly evocative of a time when Hollywood had the courage to invest in complex and morally ambiguous films and an indisputable...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Rated PG