• Released
  • February 22, 2002
  • R , 1 hr 51 min
  • Drama
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Big Bad Love Synopsis
A Vietnam veteran (Arliss Howard) tries to relate to his estranged wife (Debra Winger) .
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Boston Globe

It's messy, but in the end satisfying, a film worth making, a journey worth taking.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Too long (and it sure ain't taut), but it brims with passion.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
There's a sass and bite to Winger's acting, a grinning intelligence, unabashed sexiness and total immersion that make her one of the...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's an impressive movie, pointing to Howard as a promising new director.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Howard luxuriates in writerly misery as Barlow, and the participation of the filmmaker's real-life wife, Debra Winger, as Barlow's ex gives...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Has a secret weapon in Winger, whose part is small but crucial. Looking a bit older and with redder hair than previously, she brings an...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The cast is so oddly interesting you wish you could see them doing something less wasteful
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Brown, is a good enough actor and director to keep the film afloat for long stretches.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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...
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Rated R | For some sexuality and language