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Based on 9 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Village Voice
Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
If it were possible for an entire state to sue for defamation of character, Iowa might have a strong case against writer, director and star Matt Farnsworth.
As the downward spiral continues, "drugs are evil" is pounded into our heads again and again until numbness sets in; in this case, even a touch of subtlety would have sent a more powerful and lasting message.
New York Post
There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts, as well as lots of sick violence.
Chicago Tribune
A flashy-looking low-budget indie about drugs, love and crime in small-town Iowa. But, speaking as an ex-small-town Midwesterner, I found it hard to buy.
L.A. Weekly
Just because the filmmakers have their roots in the Midwest doesn't give them a pass when it comes to their stereotypical rendition of small-town people and ways, chock-a-block with sadistic cops, shotgun-toting locals, and strippers from up in Des Moines.
Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.
Chicago Reader
Underneath the wrapping lies a squalid Tarantino-style crime flick.
New York Daily News
A story of miserable people leading miserable lives, Iowa is a sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant "cautionary tale."

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