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211 Ratings

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Directed by Ang Lee
United States, 2016
Drama, War


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.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Directed by Ang Lee
The young man’s valor in a firefight have made him a media hero, so now everyone wants a piece of him—from the Bush administration selling the war to TV sports broadcasters chasing Nielsen numbers to a cheerleader seducing him in order to promote her homespun Christian values. With that setup, screenwriter Jean-Christophe Castelli should have been able to come up with some sharper barbs, which might have mitigated the uneven tone, inelegant editing, and scattered narrative.
November 17, 2016
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It’s an impressive spectacle in fits and starts, but the movie never quite decides whether it’s lamenting civilians’ failure to appreciate the sacrifices made by our troops or lampooning our desire to commodify their courage. Fountain’s book succeeds in creating a prismatically complex array of angles; the movie version remains stubbornly on the surface—a surface, moreover, that only a tiny number of people will view as intended.
November 16, 2016
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I saw the film without 3D or super-speedy projection—the way it will play in most theaters. In a conventional format, the film’s luminosity and exactness are still impressive. But they’re not expressive. How could they be? Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is essentially a one-character movie with just two fully dramatized sequences.
November 11, 2016
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