• Released
  • March 31, 2006
  • Crime Drama
    Drama
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70

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
If it were possible for an entire state to sue for defamation of character, Iowa might have a strong case against writer, director and star Matt Farnsworth.
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40

The New York Times

As the downward spiral continues, "drugs are evil" is pounded into our heads again and again until numbness sets in; in this case, even a touch of subtlety would have sent a more powerful and lasting message.
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38

New York Post

There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts, as well as lots of sick violence.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A flashy-looking low-budget indie about drugs, love and crime in small-town Iowa. But, speaking as an ex-small-town Midwesterner, I found it hard to buy.
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30

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Underneath the wrapping lies a squalid Tarantino-style crime flick.
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30

L.A. Weekly

By Mark Olsen
Just because the filmmakers have their roots in the Midwest doesn't give them a pass when it comes to their stereotypical rendition of small-town people and ways, chock-a-block with sadistic cops, shotgun-toting locals, and strippers from up in Des Moines.
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30

Los Angeles Times

Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.
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25

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A story of miserable people leading miserable lives, Iowa is a sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant "cautionary tale."
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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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