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For the most part it is an effective, disturbing and - a rarity for Haggis - subtle exploration of the stateside war story. Read full review
Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah is built on Tommy Lee Jones' persona, and that is why it works so well. The same material could have been banal or routine with an actor trying to be "earnest" and "sincere." Read full review
It's the first Hollywood Iraq movie to remind me of a Vietnam film like Coming Home, and it does more than disturb. It scalds, moves, and heals. Read full review
A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving. Read full review
A rare blend of emotional content and intelligent material that makes it simultaneously gut-wrenching and thought-provoking. Read full review
Haggis' earnest and eloquent film about the impact of the war in Iraq on U.S. soldiers, and by extension, their nation, is human-scaled. And as deep and harrowed as Jones' crevassed face. Read full review
The haunting, heart-piercing Elah isn't perfect. It's something better: essential. Read full review
Paul Haggis switches from the problem of racism to the problem of Iraq. The war is a better fit. None of the exasperating guilt on display in "Crash" has made it into In the Valley of Elah, a solidly made genre movie: the Army mystery. Read full review
What Haggis obviously wants to explore is what the war in Iraq is doing to the humanity of our soldiers there. By approaching it indirectly, he simplifies it to a degree that I expect will anger many Iraq veterans. Read full review
The more I thought about it, the less I liked what it turned out to be -- a vague promise unkept. Read full review
the model of restraint and subtlety.
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