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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 6, 2012
The tendency that often sinks Angelina Jolie's performances -- overemphasizing certain naturalistic behaviors at the expense of well-rounded characterization -- more or less sinks her first film as writer-director.
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2012
Is it a bad sign when you want a movie to end almost as much as the war it's about?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2012
The film does what all war films must, which is to reduce the incomprehensible suffering of countless people into the ultimate triumph of a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 18, 2011
After a while, Jolie's catalogue of horrors begins to feel less like a necessary addition to an underconsulted historical record and more like a numbing assault on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
[Jolie] has produced a sanctimonious vanity commercial for her own good intentions.
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine
December 24, 2011
Consequently, despite regularly jumping forward in time with sudden rapidity, this wannabe-serious film comes off as not just unenlightening, but borderline-interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Howard Feinstein
Screen International
December 16, 2011
[Jolie's] stretch is bigger than her grasp.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
January 10, 2012
In spite of its purported intent -- to vividly portray criminal warfare -- [Jolie's] new film bleeds with the delight of capturing violence for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 12, 2012
Jolie will happily serve up sexual violence and disturbing gunplay to smack around her audience, but meaningful characterization is lacking, constipating the soulfulness of the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 23, 2011
A head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
December 22, 2011
Curiosity over how [Angelina] Jolie fares as a filmmaker will only go so far in establishing an audience for this solemn and punishing tragic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 7, 2012
In her deep desire to send a message about the atrocities committed in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995, [Jolie] forgets to spend much time on emotionally interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 5, 2012
Despite its obvious sincerity, it feels like nothing so much as the world's grimmest Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Matt Pais
RedEye
January 5, 2012
A movie about a specific event shouldn't feel so general.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
December 20, 2011
There isn't enough context given to the overall conflict, and the love story feels increasingly myopic as the war drags on and the film's ambitions broaden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 23, 2011
Feels more like one of those overly scripted appearances celebrity activists are always making in front of Congress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2011
Jolie has a keen eye for the core of a scene and a true director's instinct for the pulse that defines character. Her live-wire movie is out to shake us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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