In the Land of Blood and Honey Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
[An] atrocious script and misguided approach to the subject matter render In the Land of Blood and Honey odious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
In The Land Of Blood And Honey is a compelling story that is enhanced by the well-researched portrayal of the politics behind the conflict and the ways that people were made to cope.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
...not incompetently made, and it suggests that Jolie might have a real shot at someday being a very good director. But it leaves us with a feeling so queasy and uncomfortable one hesitates to give it voice: Could she really think this dynamic is sexy?
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
April 17, 2012
Jolie never shies away from the horrors of war, with scene after scene of ethnic cleansing and war atrocities, but it suffers from an emotionally distant script and some weird editing that make the film's languid pace even more noticeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
It's a good movie on a great subject, even if it is well short of a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 16, 2012
Jolie wants to tell a tragic love story amid the ruins, between a Serb and a Muslim, but she can never get a bead on who these two people are or how they feel about each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
March 3, 2012
In the Land of Blood and Honey is a relentless, disturbing chronicle of cruelty. It is bleak and brutal. Angelina Jolie is showing this could be -- and still is -- happening in other parts of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
March 2, 2012
Overall, Jolie has nothing to be embarrassed about and much of which to be proud with this movie. Even in moments where the film doesn't quite work, she shows ample evidence of ambition and a discerning director's eye.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
February 29, 2012
A brilliant debut written and directed by Jolie. She has an artist's eye, strong personal vision, and a masterful command of her stars.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 24, 2012
Jolie, however, shows great promise as a visual storyteller, even though this love story is stretched too thinly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 24, 2012
[T]hough it is written and directed by actress Angelina Jolie... there is nothing 'Hollywood' about this film: it stars local actors and is in the local languages, and it shies not one whit from the horrors of the war.
Rob Beames
Daily Telegraph
February 15, 2012
Never less than competent, it's clearly the result of a sincere, long-harboured desire to raise awareness of these horrific, dehumanising events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 10, 2012
Jolie's grasp of the material is confident enough to mean that her film never slows down, or loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 10, 2012
This is an often impressive first feature and clearly a sincere and hard-hitting exposure of a terrible time.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 3, 2012
The film's key twist seems a bit underdeveloped, but there's no avoiding the horror the film captures. Even in modern times, what monsters men can be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 3, 2012
It's a tough, clear-eyed look at a ghastly ethnic war, with an admirably wide perspective that affords compassion for both sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 3, 2012
With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 27, 2012
Sincere and ambitious yet inadequate...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2012
Although Jolie's good intentions are easy to admire, those characters are hard to believe, and the bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 20, 2012
Jolie has a number of things on her side here, including a superb cast that is mostly unknown to western viewers -- always a boon to the willing suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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