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In the Land of Blood and Honey Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 19, 2012
Jolie crafts a watchable, engaging drama set amid the Bosnian War, proof that she has paid attention during all of these years in front of the camera and has been able to translate that into some skill behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 13, 2012
An ambitious if not entirely fully realized drama about the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2012
Jolie has chosen a complex subject for her feature debut as a writer and director, and although not perfect, it's not for lack of trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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-
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 5, 2012
In the Land of Blood and Honey feels like the sober, hard-hitting work of a humanitarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2012
A mix of the powerful and the ridiculous, and eventually the ridiculous wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 5, 2012
You watch the movie wanting to look away, even as it reminds us of history that shouldn't be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2012
"Blood and Honey'' is both strong and headstrong, equally invested in grit and glamour with a hazy understanding of the line separating the two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2012
It's impressively steady filmmaking for a first-timer, and a powerful, powerfully disturbing subject to take on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2012
In the Land of Blood and Honey captures the sickening way the war in Bosnia became a gray zone of genocide. Yet that, unfortunately, is not enough to make it a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 5, 2012
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" clearly came from the same impulse that has led Jolie into so many humanitarian efforts around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2012
This is an impressive piece of work that doesn't flinch from the atrocities that no doubt motivated Jolie to make the film in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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December 23, 2011
In the Land of Blood and Honey is far from the best movie on this subject made since the war ended -- or even this year.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 23, 2011
Soberly and elegantly shot.
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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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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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 22, 2011
For the most part ... it moves briskly and easily holds your attention...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2011
Unfortunately, "Blood and Honey" has script problems: Its core story is less compelling than its overall atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 22, 2011
A movie that is often harrowing, never less than intense but important, one unafraid of moments too many have chosen to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 22, 2011
The most compelling, heartfelt movie Jolie has made in years. She isn't in it, but she's all over it.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 22, 2011
Subtlety and understatement become collateral damage as Jolie drives her points home as forcefully as possible and the film devolves into a grubby melodrama that fails to edify or entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 20, 2011
An admirably complex take on the horror of the rape camps, where Serb militia men performed ritual humiliations upon Bosnian women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
[Jolie] has produced a sanctimonious vanity commercial for her own good intentions.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 19, 2011
The film may have more in ambition than it does in execution, but it deserves to be taken seriously...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 16, 2011
This alternately disturbing and titillating picture reps a dramatically misguided attempt to renew public awareness of the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2011
Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen.