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'Quantum of Solace' Doesn't Deliver on the Hypenew

Overhyped screenwriter Paul Haggis plods away with execrable emotional grand narratives of revenge, love, and betrayal that have no place in a Bond film.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Ben Richardson  |  11-12-2008  |  Reviews

'In the Valley of Elah': War Without Endnew

Sorrow tempers rage in latest wave of Iraq war films.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  09-27-2007  |  Reviews

BIble Stories for Modern Timesnew

Paul Haggis and Tommy Lee Jones deliver a scorching film that's part police procedural, part family melodrama, and all about our national failures in Iraq.
Austin Chronicle  |  Josh Rosenblatt  |  09-21-2007  |  Reviews

How Am I to Feel about Paul Haggis?new

The creative force behind two of the last three Best Picture Oscar winners (writer of Million Dollar Baby and writer/director of Crash), Haggis is hotter than anybody not named Apatow in Hollywood.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Greg Akers  |  09-21-2007  |  Reviews

Paul Haggis Over-reaches with 'In the Valley of Elah'new

While he hasn’t resorted to the thumping didacticism and patronizing ironies he employed in his Oscar-winning Crash, but In the Valley of Elah isn’t free of too easy point-making.
Artvoice  |  George Sax  |  09-21-2007  |  Reviews

Tommy Lee Jones Owns 'In the Valley of Elah'new

The two-hour movie belongs to Jones, but it is also remarkable for sharp, unfussy acting in the smaller parts.
The Georgia Straight  |  Ken Eisner  |  09-21-2007  |  Reviews

'In the Valley of Elah' Tries to Be a Mystery & an Iraq Filmnew

Unfortunately, Haggis doesn't have the stylistic chops to do "restrained" in the way that, say, Sidney Lumet can. His would-be restraint ends up committing the cardinal sin of being dull, dull, dull.
INDY Week  |  Godfrey Cheshire  |  09-20-2007  |  Reviews

Paul Haggis Preaches Bad News About Iraqnew

The movie needs him, though. In the Valley of Elah wants to be a Deer Hunter for a new quagmire, but instead it plays as a very special episode of Law & Order.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  09-19-2007  |  Reviews

'In the Valley of Elah' is a Fitting Follow-Up to 'Crash'new

The Iraq film is a noble endeavor, but not everyone will agree on whether he accomplishes the mission Haggis sets for himself.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  09-19-2007  |  Reviews

Paul Haggis' Latest is Worth Seeing Despite His Heavy Handnew

What makes In the Valley of Elah -- a wildly uneven but brave foray into the dark side of posttraumatic stress disorder -- unusual is its focus on parental grief, which Haggis seeks to complicate by asking, What's the one thing that could be worse than the bottomless sorrow of losing a child who’s a war hero?
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  09-17-2007  |  Reviews

'In the Valley of Elah' Looks at The War Once Homenew

Paul Haggis fights to reveal one of combat's most dismissed consequences.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Mark Keizer  |  09-14-2007  |  Reviews

War Torn

Paul Haggis' subtlety deficiencies almost defuse the dramatic punch of In the Valley of Elah.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  09-13-2007  |  Reviews

Paul Haggis Gets the Iraq War Right

Writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash) uses a biblically grounded metaphor as an all-encompassing touchstone for the desperate plight of physically and psychologically wounded Iraq War soldiers returning home.
Maui Time  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-10-2007  |  Reviews

We're No Angelsnew

Much of Crash, an L.A.-stories portmanteau about the suffocating embrace of racism, is hard to watch, harder still to listen to. It reminds us there's bad to be found in good people, and evil lurking even in the righteous.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  05-10-2005  |  Reviews

Crash Coursenew

Director Paul Haggis and an ensemble of talent -- including actor Matt Dillon -- tackle issues of diversity in a post-9/11 world in their new film. The Phoenix interviews Haggis and Dillon about Crash.
Boston Phoenix  |  Tamara Wieder  |  05-09-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

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