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'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

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