Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain) adapts the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain. 19-year-old Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with his hero's welcome. Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker appear in supporting roles.

2016Rating: R13110 minsUSA, UK, China
DramaWar
89%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The film isn't simply a technological experiment; it's also a highly original, heartfelt, and engrossing story. And part of the power of it lies in the way that those two things are connected.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This strategy is wrong at every level. It renders the images nauseating, it constantly rejects you emotionally from the performances, and it's showy and distracting. Worst, it turns the real issue of post-traumatic stress into a technological gimmick.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You may be surprised at how sweet this movie is and also, in retrospect, startled by how bleak its vision turns out to be.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a curious, often lifeless film that has something to say and at times, almost makes a point or two, but too often it meanders awkwardly and Lee's decision to shoot it in this way only serves to show up the inadequacies even more.

2.0
0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Dramatically inert, satirically inept and thematically insufferable, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" is the most disappointing film of the year.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" casts a hard, mournful gaze at the indignities that its soldiers are made to suffer, from the lingering after-effects of PTSD to the self-serving pageantry that awaits them back home.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing character study, even if it's ultimately not one that justifies its much-vaunted technological advances.

0

To be clear, this movie is nowhere near as bad as many critics would have you believe (I reckon the intended 4K/3D/120fps presentation may have clouded judgment for some), nor is it the unqualified success one might expect from director Ang Lee. His usual blend of formal elegance, human compassion, and sly humour is here and, in the film's best sequences,...

3.0
0

It is frustrating when a film has all the ingredients to be brilliant but ends up just a good movie. The story of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) is an original and painfully satirical study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also a film limited by all-too-obvious visual messages and clichéd one-liners that reduce a possible artwork to...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The film isn't simply a technological experiment; it's also a highly original, heartfelt, and engrossing story. And part of the power of it lies in the way that those two things are connected.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This strategy is wrong at every level. It renders the images nauseating, it constantly rejects you emotionally from the performances, and it's showy and distracting. Worst, it turns the real issue of post-traumatic stress into a technological gimmick.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You may be surprised at how sweet this movie is and also, in retrospect, startled by how bleak its vision turns out to be.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a curious, often lifeless film that has something to say and at times, almost makes a point or two, but too often it meanders awkwardly and Lee's decision to shoot it in this way only serves to show up the inadequacies even more.

2.0
0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Dramatically inert, satirically inept and thematically insufferable, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" is the most disappointing film of the year.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" casts a hard, mournful gaze at the indignities that its soldiers are made to suffer, from the lingering after-effects of PTSD to the self-serving pageantry that awaits them back home.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing character study, even if it's ultimately not one that justifies its much-vaunted technological advances.

0

To be clear, this movie is nowhere near as bad as many critics would have you believe (I reckon the intended 4K/3D/120fps presentation may have clouded judgment for some), nor is it the unqualified success one might expect from director Ang Lee. His usual blend of formal elegance, human compassion, and sly humour is here and, in the film's best sequences,...

3.0
0

It is frustrating when a film has all the ingredients to be brilliant but ends up just a good movie. The story of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) is an original and painfully satirical study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also a film limited by all-too-obvious visual messages and clichéd one-liners that reduce a possible artwork to...

3.0
0