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Based on 10 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There's nothing in director Ryan Piers Williams' script that elevates this film above others with similar themes. But his heartfelt approach can be seen in the committed cast -- led by O'Nan but also including Valderrama, whose quietly authentic work is a nice surprise. show more

  • 50
    Scott Tobias NPR

    A little focus might have helped. Or not: The Dry Land seems intent to tick off a checklist of PTSD symptoms without animating them with fresh details or creative life. It's cloaked in an earnestness that suffocates. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A gut-wrenching look at the human cost of war. show more

  • 80
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    Ferrera proves herself to be just as talented in dramatic roles. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Only jackanapes and jackasses would deny that the experience of war can cause psychic damage, but does that mean we have to sit through such a schematic, dogmatic melodrama about the subject? show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    A strong first film, and with a better-honed script, Williams should prove to be a director to watch. show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    The Dry Land does slip inside the inescapable, closed-circle logic of despair, and O'Nan's shy, precarious performance keeps you with him to the edge of the abyss. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    Shaped more for message than for convincing narrative impact, The Dry Land ends up feeling like a PSA to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking in The Dry Land, a coming-home drama as inexpressive as its traumatized lead. show more

  • 33
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    A painfully earnest drama about post-traumatic stress disorder that sticks so closely to the soldiers-coming-home template, writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés. show more

  • August 12, 2010 Pam
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    A very thought provoking film, Worth going to see especially if you know someone with PTSD.

  • August 03, 2010 Coach BOB
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    Absolutely wonderful film. Acting talent galore. One of the best films that I have seen this year. See it--and get prepared to be moved.

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