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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone. [13 Feb. 1998] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie makes no attempt to psychoanalyze its Kit Carruthers, and there are no symbols to note or lessons to learn. What comes through more than anything is the enormous loneliness of the lives these two characters lived, together and apart. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Badlands is about a landscape as much as the couple fleeing across it. Watching it, you sense that Malick finds his outlaw lovers beautiful and terrible, pathetic and monstrous, funny and overwhelmingly sad. [27 March 1998] show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Badlands is one of the great banality-of-evil films. [29 May 1998, p.C9] show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    For all its lazy beauty, the movie is rooted in the personalities of its lead characters and they, unfortunately, are bloodless, affectless, emotionless dopes who turn their considerable lack of scruples on the business of senseless killing, for which they seemingly have no remorse. [13 Feb. 1998] show more

  • 100

    Achingly evocative of a time when Hollywood had the courage to invest in complex and morally ambiguous films and an indisputable masterpiece of American cinema. [26 May 2003] show more

  • 100
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    An unmissable, transcendentally beautiful classic. [28 Aug. 1998] show more

  • 100
    Total Film

    Refracted through Holly’s naive, emotionally flat narration and Malick’s poetic visual style, this familiar tale is transformed into something strange and oddly beautiful. [29 Aug. 2008] show more

  • 100
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    One may legitimately debate the validity of Malick's vision, but not, I think, his immense talent. Badlands is a most important and exciting film. show more

  • 100

    Badlands is a unique American fairy tale...and it's an impressive debut. show more

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