Black Butterflies Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 1, 2012
The movie reminds you of the extent to which poetry has been marginalized as a cultural force since the early 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 29, 2012
Black Butterflies is a dark, moving depiction of the life and death of a brave rebellious, idiosyncratic woman who made significant strides toward changing the world around her and paid a heavy toll for her passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Always feels like a life schematically condensed rather than intimately explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2011
Paula van der Oest's biopic of South African poet Ingrid Jonker is conventional yet captivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead performance from Carice van Houten.
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
May 4, 2011
Black Butterflies is the sad human poetry of the lost souls who slip beneath the waves to echo in our collective consciousness.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 1, 2011
The screenplay defiantly never softens [Ingrid] Jonker, but challenges the audience to take her or leave her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 25, 2011
The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through Black Butterflies, a 1960s-set drama whose several strong points include the angry intensity of Carice van Houten's fearless perf.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2011
As far as middlebrow biopics go, it may not break any molds, but it's a reasonably sensitive and occasionally insightful look into the mind and psyche of an impassioned and deeply troubled artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Van Houten ... gives a strong performance as Jonker, and the cinematography is pleasing, but the script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
March 1, 2012
Black Butterflies scarcely tries to illuminate the substance of Jonker's writing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies...
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 9, 2011
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