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2.5
346 Ratings

The Bad Batch

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
United States, 2016
Romance, Sci-Fi, Drama

Synopsis

A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

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The Bad Batch Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
It remains a beautiful film to look at and shows flashes of Amirpour’s abilities to tackle larger subject material. The idea of “it’s not what you know, but who you know” plays strongly and the inter-weaving of the strong and empowered Arlen amongst various communities showcases the director’s skill at writing compelling lead characters. THE BAD BATCH, although uneven at times, displays fantastic vision and aesthetic as Amirpour continues to refine her style early in her career.
June 23, 2017
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Where Refn is truly mindless—and, as such, a true savant, idiot or otherwise—Amirpour seems to have placed herself in a cozily indulgent trance, mesmerized by the possibilities of deluxe, corporately subsidized cult filmmaking. The gap between enthusiasm and execution is considerable. Simply put, there is no good reason for a genre pastiche with such a slender set of narrative circumstances to run nearly two hours.
June 23, 2017
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The one serious problem with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is that it’s all conceit… That minor weakness morphs into a crippling liability in Amirpour’s disappointing follow-up, The Bad Batch, another cult-ready genre mash-up that dreams up a fascinating and beautiful dystopia, but fails to animate it with meaningful detail or dramatic life. Imagine Escape from New York as Languish in New York and you get the idea.
June 22, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    [MOTEL/x '17] I so don't get this 2.7 average Rating...//This is a Southland Tales 2.0. One of the best post-apocalyptic films of this century, bar none. The best boombox-shaped DJ 'booth' (a mobile one at that) of all-time - Diego Luna in his best Cowboy Vincent Gallo Vitalic-sounding (actually Jaar/Darkside).

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Bad Batch

    An ultra-lame sophomore follow-up to an over-praised, mediocre debut. Sure, there's beauty to be found in just about any desert – especially under the buzzing neon lights. But a film where Jason Momoa gives the most memorable performance? Something has gone haywire. Wait, what is "feminist post-apocalyptic" even supposed to be? Nonsense.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    The sophomore slump hits Amirpour after her arresting debut feature that for all its narrative weaknesses dripped a hip cool. This film fails on near every level and its engineered hipness grates in its desperation. The dystopian desert locale is well past its expiration date. Performances are terrible across the board but worse is the scripting which goes nowhere (the Reeves monologue particularly awful). Shame.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    Amirpour's already dire pursuit of "cool" is a mirage-deceiv'd march unto starvation. This is arid vacuity. This thing wanders so far out into emptiness that I marvel that a halfway-spiritual being is even able to perceive it. That the film has now found a home on Netflix poses a problem: the only people w/ any likelihood of finding anything here will be a type persistently distracted by their smartphones.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    Interesting but ultimately a tedious and empty experience. Amirpour is talented but fails to wrestle any sort of cohesiveness out of her wild and inspired ideas. The cast is left drifting from one set piece to another. The film somewhat works when viewed as an allegory of Trump´s america where walls are raised and undesired people are deported and left to fend for themselves. But I doubt Amirpour was going for that.

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    This is a hauntingly beautiful and hypnotic film with a very dirty sexy kind of vibe. Suki Waterhouse is a revelation here and this ensemble cast of character actors are brilliant. Ana Lily Amirpour proves here that she is one of the most unique and original talents to come out of the cinema in the last ten years.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    America in the Trump Age: the Mexican-funded wall separates the Deplorables from the Neo Nazi-Neoliberals and every day is Burning Man. It looks like the desert of the real, but it's really a jungle (Think Calais). Mors tua vita mea. Forget gluten free & veganism: it's all paleo. The leaders of the pack are Sandokan and Pablo Escobar. It's the end of the world, but family values still matter. Final score: Madder Max.

  • Nicole Richie's rating of the film The Bad Batch

    Although Amirpour clearly knows how to shoot, she thinks she's being transgressive and provoking people when she's mos def not. This film is ridiculous and pointless and Waterhouse's acting is embarrassing. If there wasn't the opportunity to stare at Momoa's marvelous tits, this would've been a totally waste of time.

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