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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 25
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A story of miserable people leading miserable lives, Iowa is a sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant "cautionary tale." show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 38
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 70
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 30
    Mark Olsen L.A. Weekly

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 30
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Underneath the wrapping lies a squalid Tarantino-style crime flick. show more

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