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Almost walked out 5 times.

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Just not good. The story was all over the place, no direction or cohesion. Edgar Wright wannabe, pretty much just terrible.

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Sorry to say, if you go to a Paul Schrader movie (not Paul Schaefer; that's the keyboardist from Letterman), you should expect something a little different. This not a bland and derivative movie about a poker-playing weirdo, as the trailer would lamentably have you think. Rather, it is a searing condemnation of US foreign policy during the Bush era, conveyed through the story of a man who has been unutterably traumatized by his experiences as a guard at Abu Ghraib, who was betrayed by his government and found solace only in the repetitive, emotionless routine of gambling, drinking, and keeping a diary. Granted, the film does start a little slow, but so did Taxi Driver, Schrader's initial claim to fame. At first, I heard myself saying, "Oscar Isaac is no Robert de Niro," but as the movie progressed, I found Isaac's portrayal of a guilt-ridden former soldier to be almost hypnotic. Tiffany Haddish does a good job as well. This movie is like if "Hard 8" was directed by David Lynch.

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Metacritic

80
Nov 2, 2021

It’s a supremely compelling tale leavened by its wry humour and a subtle commentary on the essential emptiness of American life.

David Jenkins
Little White Lies
80
Sep 2, 2021

A companion piece of sorts to First Reformed, this is another bruising character study of a solitary, burdened man who processes his most intimate thoughts in a journal, living with his guilt until he’s handed an unexpected opportunity for redemption.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
70
Sep 2, 2021

Its odd meld of drab suburban casinos, wrapped motel rooms, nightmarish Iraqi torture sequences and military correctional facilities where the furniture is bolted to the floor, all build to a video-artist vision that comes bursting surprisingly out of an old-school box – and results in one more male-slanted Paul Schrader script about a haunted man at a crossroads.

Lee Marshall
Screen Daily