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The Black Tulip (2012)

The Black Tulip

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 804

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Movie Info

After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry and tell their stories. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as they struggle to maintain their lifestyle when encountering very real threats from lingering factions of the Taliban. (c) Official Site

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Sonia Nassery Cole , David Michael O'Neill
In Theaters:
Runtime:
Breadwinner Productions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Black Tulip

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

[Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Getting a film like The Black Tulip filmed, produced and out into the public is an impressive feat -- it's just a shame the effort didn't yield a better film.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Paste Magazine

Brave, well-meaning effort. . .with a mostly local crew in a high-risk locale. . . Best scenes in too-simplistic film are glimpses of cultural traditions, especially music.

Full Review… | October 27, 2012
Film-Forward.com

It fails despite real stakes to distinguish itself in any way from the action-movie fantasies to which we're greatly accustomed.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Slant Magazine

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