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Harrison's Flowers (2002)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 44

Critics Consensus: Though it presents the war in shockingly gritty, realistic terms, Harrison's Flowers uses such scenes as background for a trite love story.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Though it presents the war in shockingly gritty, realistic terms, Harrison's Flowers uses such scenes as background for a trite love story.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 4,721


Movie Info

A woman travels to war-torn Yugoslavia to find her husband, a photojournalist for 'Newsweek,' who was to make this his last assignment but has been reported dead by the wire service.

R (for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use)
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Elie Chouraqui , Didier LePecheur , Michael Katims , Elis Chouraqui , Didier Le PÍcheur
In Theaters:
Jan 21, 2003
Box Office:
Universal Focus - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Harrison's Flowers

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (44) | DVD (7)

Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Top Critic

Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Director Elie Chouraqui, who co-wrote the script, catches the chaotic horror of war, but why bother if you're going to subjugate truth to the tear-jerking demands of soap opera?

March 15, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film presents an intense dose of reality -- too intense for some, maybe -- and it leaves us with a bitter aftertaste.

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
Flick Filosopher

Built on a foundation of melodrama and implausible coincidence, Harrison's Flowers is a movie that looks far better on paper than it does onscreen.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Apollo Guide

A stronger actress, say Michelle Pfeiffer or Cate Blanchette, would have given this political melodrama more credibility and power, but Andie MacDowell is poorly cast and she seems lost.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006

When describing an Andie MacDowell movie, the words "gritty" and "harrowing" do not immediately spring to mind.

Full Review… | November 9, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Acutely shows the pain and horror war inflicts on regular people.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Lacking gravitas, MacDowell is a placeholder for grief, and ergo this sloppy drama is an empty vessel. Leave these Flowers unpicked -- they're dead on the vine.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Entertainment Today

Hope, desperation and the ugliness of ethnic cleansing intersect elegantly in director Elie Chouraqui's intense retelling of the 1991 Croatian-Serbian conflict in Yugoslavia.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...overly melodramatic...

Full Review… | January 30, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Utterly predictable and idiotically scripted by writer/director Elie Chouraqui.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

Ultimately, Sarah's dedication to finding her husband seems more psychotic than romantic, and nothing in the movie makes a convincing case that one woman's broken heart outweighs all the loss we witness.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

This story of a determined woman's courage to find her husband in a war zone offers winning performances and some effecting moments.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Urban Cinefile

This is a good movie in spurts, but when it doesn't work, it's at important times.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002

The images and performances are gripping enough to override the melodramatic missteps.

Full Review… | April 9, 2002

Harrison's Flowers wilts.

Full Review… | March 24, 2002
Boston Phoenix

...a solid, well-acted adventure film that wears its condemnation and acceptance of the vagaries of civil war on its sleeve.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Reeling Reviews

It's clearly a slavish imitation of The Killing Fields, but characters are uninvolving and the story far-fetched (even the title is ridiculous).

Full Review… | March 18, 2002
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Harrison's Flowers

A worth subject but ultimately dull. Andie MacDowell is out of her depth.

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