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19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Drama War - While there are some sequences of war combat and some brutal
violence, this is more of a quieter, introspective drama than a
traditional war movie. All of the name stars, from Kristen Stewart
to Chris Tucker to Steve Martin to especially Vin Diesel, have only
small supporting roles, with newcomer Joe Alwyn being the lead. The
scenes of violence along with some sexual content , drug use, and
language make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with noises, movements, and nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: War combat. COMEDY: Some banter and wisecracks, sometimes suggestive and dark.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The characters are paper-thin, the dialogue trite and superficial. And needless to say, this is another movie about the Iraq War that only cares about its impact on Americans, not its causes or, heaven forbid, its effects on Iraqis.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average A disappointing effort from a master filmmaker, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk trips in all the wrong places. The viewer appreciates the closeness of this tight-knit group of men but is left cold by the pessimism surrounding them.
NY PostFull Review Poor Dramatically inert, satirically inept and thematically insufferable, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” is the most disappointing film of the year. The film is anti-American, yet not in a gonzo Oliver Stone way: It's lazy and shallow...
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average The film's technical achievements are indisputable (a military salute to camera wiz John Toll). But Billy Lynn comes off as artificial when we most need it to be natural, organic and whisper-close.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 19 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one male loved it, but the one female felt it was only an "average" movie.
ADULTS: Just over 20% of the males loved this movie. Another 45% indicated that they enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average." The remaining 35%, or so, felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). As for the ladies, nearly 40% loved it with another close to 40% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. The remaining 25% felt it was an "average" movie.